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.
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
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