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Truckers Coming Together for Trucking Rights

May
14,
2009
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Allen SmithThe trucking industry has several organizations that represent our nations’ truck drivers. Unfortunately,  it is not uncommon for an organization to use the main theme, content, or source from another’s news story or blog post  and not link back to, or at least mention the original post or author’s work and research.

We ask that all of you join together and keep in mind that our common goal is the benefit of our nations drivers. By communicating with one another, we need to respect and appreciate the hard work, integrity, and commitment we all have towards our common goal of helping truck drivers. As those of us continue our dedicated path in helping the trucking community and its drivers, we as bloggers, journalists, and website owners need to share this common-bond of information among our readers, strengthening our bond with one another, and encouraging each other to stand up for what’s right.  Only then will we have the momentum, force, and power to create a true voice and brotherhood which will be required to battle the serious issues which are facing the trucking industry today.

We have seen a great deal of growth between truckers helping truckers, since we first launched the Truth About Trucking and the AskTheTrucker blog.  With the success of our trucking talk radio show, Truth About Trucking “LIVE”, there have been more and more drivers and those involved in the trucking industry, coming forward, banding together, forming a new voice that is representing drivers across America and the globe.  I just received an email from a new CDL graduate from Canada, inspired by our websites and information, wanting to know how he could do the same thing we are doing in order to help his fellow drivers in Canada.

This is not to say that we are responsible for this growth.  They did it all themselves, putting in all the hard work and effort on their own, making their voices heard.  Many already existed beforehand, however, as more drivers and trucking veterans launched out on their own, the power of the internet began to take hold.  Now, we are experiencing a growing community among truckers and those who wish to bring changes to the industry and help their fellow drivers.  There are the organizations that  proclaim they are “for the driver,”  but now individual truckers and industry veterans are also coming together to fight, for themselves, for trucking rights.

We wanted to list some of these individuals who are making a difference in trucking and are not afraid to share their information with others in the community:

  • A Smart Union –  15 Year OTR Vet fighting for the Rights of Citizens to have the equal rights of Corporations.
  • Trucker Desiree – One of America’s few women drivers that stands up and speaks out about the trucking industry and other issues.
  • The American Driver – Two brothers doing battle in the political arena so all drivers receive the respect that they deserve.  Catch their radio show: Truck Stops Here – every Friday 6-8 PM CST.
  • United CDL – Supporting the backbone of America – Truckers – and belief in the phrase:  Say NO to CHEAP freight!

There are many others who I have not mentioned,  quietly working to better the trucking industry for their fellow driver. Let us know who you are in this post along with a link to your website or blog.

As the social trucking community grows, more of us will step up and speak out about the rights, as well as the wrongs, within the largest network of employees in the country:  the trucking industry.  We will continue to promote and encourage one another, bringing about the change which is so badly needed within the industry. We will also continue to work together as a viable network and fight to bring about these changes that will not only help the industry, but also our fellow drivers. Together we will be a true brotherhood.

Allen Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Desiree

    During this experience I have been touched by how many non-truckers have reached out to help raise awareness of what is happening to the American Trucker by supporting efforts and becoming more knowledgable on this topic.

    Seems like everyone has a trucker in their life at somepoint. A Grandfather, Father, Mother, Husband,Brother Friend.

    Everyone can participate by educating themselves on key topics and flooding legislators with calls and email to demand action.

    Many of these issues are indeed 20, 30 years in the making but we did not have wireless communications then either.

    I have been able to reach people all over the world with my writing from my phone for the past 8 months so I know if we all zero in on a target we can tackle this overgrown beast of government red tape.

    Follow the money trail to the top and demand answers or for the job back, these public servants need to be reminded who they work for and everyone can help remind them.

    Participating in forums only to complain about government will not change anything. Spend that time demanding accountability and help others who might need assistance drafting a letter or email with clear directions and contact information.

    Making it easy for us to get involved and take the truth to the court of public opinion so the whole world can see.

    Government is counting on us to slug it out amongst ourselves by splitting hairs over what we can’t agree on while they make backroom deals.

    The WILL make the deals with or without our input.
    More likely without if we are still bickering in a forum somewhere.

    Allen & Donna spend a great deal of personal time & money bringing us the truth to help us.

    By pulling our resources we can all help make our voice heard by getting involved.

    At the end of the day I ask myself:
    “Is it more important that this task is complete OR that I got credit for it?”

    It’s irritating for sure when the people who have the least are working the hardest having their work scooped and taken credit for somewhere else.

    It’s a real slap in the face to those who are barely making ends meet to keep there websites up and keep their heads above water financially.

    I am proud to part of this group of rag-tag patriots who are committed to challenging the status-quo.

    I know how much personal time & effort it takes.

    Just think how effective we could be if everyone was focused together at once.

    We can always use help so please if you have some time, anyone, everyone … get out of the sandbox, quit squabbling and contact any of us or any contact links to get involved with a project.

    “Jason’s Law” , the Virginia issue , whatever fires you up and get involved.

  2. Allen Smith

    It’s good to listen to our shows and read the blogs, articles, etc., but without taking “action” very little will ever get accomplished. I have found it interesting that when there are supposed to be organizations out there “speaking up” for the drivers, that so many truckers are finding it necessary to create resources representing themselves. ??

  3. Frederick Schaffner

    Allen,

    Thank you for this excellent article, which truly reflects the true nature of the brotherhood of truckers (or sisterhood as the case may be.)

    There is a re-connection occuring among truckers, and through honest and respectful communications…we may one day see the greatness of this brotherhood return…and right the wrongs being inflicted upon our brother and sister truckers.

    Safe Trails and God Bless,
    Frederick (SilverSurfer) Schaffner

  4. Allen Smith

    Thanks for the comments . . . I see some positive changes coming into the trucking industry, but still a lot of work to do….many students still being taken for money and even after several months of training completion, still no job . . . much has to do with the economy right now, but some of these schools need to STOP taking their $$$ when they know a driving job is very difficult to land for a newcomer right now, in many cases ……

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