“Truckers Lose Rights to Additional Wages”
This could soon be the headline read by millions of truck drivers across the country as the Denham Amendment moves to the floor next week, as early as Tuesday, April 24 for vote. Voting could extend to the end of week however, Friday 4-27-18.
This amendment, slipped in to H.R. 4, the FAA Re-authorization Bill, will overturn State Laws that require workers to be paid for all hours worked. Instead, motor carriers would only have to pay drivers for the time they spend driving; no additional pay would be required for any additional work such as post or pre-trip inspections or detention time.
Pushed hard by the American Trucking Association (ATA), this is now the sixth time the Denham Amendment will be up for passing, having already failed the previous five times in other bills.
The ATA believes this time will be different and the Denham amendment will pass due to the following reasons:
- The information will not get out in time to reach drivers, preventing them from contacting their representatives to tell them to vote ‘NO’ on the amendment.
- They believe that drivers are too consumed with the ELD mandate and enforcement, that this amendment will ultimately be overlooked, making the 6th attempt passable.
- By distorting the true facts behind the Denham Amendment by telling drivers that it is primarily a “meal and rest break” preemption, they believe this time around the deception will be successful.
The amendment will also apply retroactively, meaning that any lawsuits, settlements or judgements won by drivers for employer violations dating back to 1994 will be wiped out.
Truck drivers will lose any and all rights to additional pay and could only be paid their CPM wages, nothing more. They already work 30-40 hrs/wk WITHOUT pay.
On Saturday, April 21 we had an “Open Forum” on the AskTheTrucker “LIVE” broadcast where the Denham Amendment held the conversation for the full 2 hours. Here is the opening of the program:
To listen to the full broadcast visit Open Forum Trucker Wages.
Monday, April 23rd is the last day for drivers to call in and reinforce their objection to the Denham Amendment before it most likely will go to the floor on Tuesday for vote. The war against truckers wages continues via the ATA and their lobbying with Congressman Jeff Denham (R) of California.
The ATA is banking on this sixth time around to pass due to sneaking it into the hundreds of pages of the FAA bill and its many amendments at the last moment. The attempt has failed five times before due to so many drivers making the call. It can fail again if they do the same.
Make the call on Monday, April 23 and tell your representatives once again, truckers say “NO” to the Denham Amendment and are expecting them to do the same.
Last chance drivers to protect your future wages.
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