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ATA lobbies for anti-trucker wage provisions in Omnibus Spending bill


The 1.3 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill, which  funds the government through the end of fiscal 2018, is scheduled to be voted on Friday March 23rd.

Anticipated to be in this bill is the  ATA lobbied anti-trucker wage provision which is meant to distort the intent of the  1994 federal Aviation Authorization Administration Act, which regulated freight, and instead, has turned the meaning into ” regulating driver wages”

Basically what the ATA is stating in the legislative language they have included in many bills, is that States have NO RIGHT to tell motor carriers that their drivers must be paid for all time, including waiting, detention, paperwork and all non driving tasks.

ATA wants Federal Laws- Truckers Say NO! Give states the power

Omnibus Spending bill - anti trucker provisions

And, since the government has yet to pass appropriation bills for any of the 12 major government agencies ( Such as THUD bill) in both the House and Senate, there is every reason to believe that this Federal Preemption “rip off Trucker wage language” will be included also. It is more than likely that this new plan is one large “omnibus” spending bill (in which certain ATA lobbied politicians), will include in this poison preemption language.

Here is what OOIDA said about the Preemption language,
would “unravel mandated fair-pay for drivers and would empower large carriers to further reduce driver wages.”

You’ve probably heard a lot since 2015 about the Federal Preemption of States Labor Laws and still don’t know what exactly it’s all about. That’s no Coincidence either, that’s exactly the way the ATA wants it! They have done a great job disguising anti-trucker wage language as “Meal and Rest Break” provisions.

Using fear mongering as a tactic to confuse drivers, telling them that there are states which are forcing them to stop every few hours, and that they, the wonderful ATA, is looking out for drivers, because ATA is the voice of the trucking industry.  Yes, there are states which allow for meal and rest breaks.  But here’s what the ATA doesn’t tell you is that you can waive these breaks and keep driving, HOWEVER, your company still have to pay you for them.  In addition, these same states do not tolerate drivers waiting for hours and hours without pay at loading docks.  They enforce their state labor laws which state that employers have to pay these drivers for all their time.

There are 2 Days Left to ACT! The “poison pill” Anti-Trucker Preemption Language for #TruckerWages very well could be included in Omnibus bill being voted on this FRIDAY! The ATA has lobbied for the Anti-Trucker Language for years!! The ATA has spent millions to ensure #TRUCKERS will not legally have to receive detention pay or ANY wages other than Miles Driven.

The language and provisions expected in the Omnibus and included in other bills is hidden behind the Smoke Screen of “Meal and Rest Break” but it’s intention is the Federal Preemption of States Rights who pay drivers for ALL TIME working.

If this Preemption Language is included in Omnibus, all those who were in favor of ELD’s because they felt their hours waiting at docks would now be recorded and that they could be paid for them…. GOES OUT the WINDOW. There is NO TIME left drivers. Voting is March 23rd.

Call your Senators and Congressman and tell them NO to the Federal Authority Preemption Language in the OMNIBUS spending package, which over rides states rights to pay drivers for all time. It’s not about “Meal and Rest Breaks” It’s about your time and wages! 202-224-3121

Here is a link to every U.S. senator email and phone #

Here is a link to every U.S.Representative



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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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4 Responses to ATA lobbies for anti-trucker wage provisions in Omnibus Spending bill. - Post a Comment

  1. Cristian Lucuta

    Why nobody stop this ATA surely they work hard to destroy the trucking industry and buy corrupted politicians to support theirs antitruckers rules , here we can’t talk about free market anymore when an association who spend a lot of money to implement new rules has the only goals to eliminate any concurrention .

    • Allen Smith

      We won again this time around as the preemption language was not included in the Omnibus bill, but they will not stop here. Expect this language in either the Infrastructure bill this summer or the October Spending bill.
      We will continue to fight this anti-trucker language.
      ATA has now lost trying to included preemption language 5 times in different bills:
      2015 Highway bill, 2016 FAA finding reauthorization bill, the 2017 omnibus funding bill, the Thud and DOT 2018 appropriation bills, and now the 2018 omnibus funding bill.

  2. […] Last month truckers breathed one more sigh of relief as the most recent attempt to preempt states rights, allowing drivers to be paid for all time, once again failed, this time in the March Omnibus Spending bill.  Read more: ATA lobbies for anti-trucker wage provisions in Omnibus Spending bill […]

  3. […] failing to have the poison Denahm/ Preemption language added to the recent Omnibus bill last month, the ATA and their powerful lobby have manged to get the Denham Amendment once again in […]

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