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Bullying in the Workplace

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Bullying in TruckingAs elementary as it may seem, intimidation by the workplace bully has actually become a silent epidemic . . . not only in this country, but worldwide.  A recent study on bullying in the workplace, showed that 37% of the population is or has experienced being bullied while performing their job duties.  It is believed that many cases go unreported, and worse yet, many companies do nothing about it once reported.

Often told to “just gut up and handle it”bullying has become so overwhelming for some, that in recent years a new term has been coined:  bullycide.  In recent years, kids as young as 13, as well as adults, have taken their own lives due to the cowardly acts of these still-existent bullies.  The trucking industry is no exception.

Many CDL students and specifically, female drivers are finding themselves being “bullied” by some driver trainers.  Many of these trainers are known convicted felons, still hired by the trucking company.  With the lack of professional women trainers, female students are placed in a truck with a male trainer and are finding themselves harassed, assaulted and even raped.  Many male students are being “thrown out” of the truck in the middle of nowhere by these bully trainers and left stranded . . . yet, the trucking company will terminate the student, and do nothing in response to the trainer’s actions.

Even when an act as violent as rape has occurred, the situation is turned around in order to place the fault upon the female driver.  When one female driver was recently raped by one of the felon trainers, the trucking company simply asked her, “Well, did you keep your curtain closed?” This driver was terminated from her job and the felon male driver trainer remained with the company, receiving no repercussion of any kind.  There are hundreds of cases like this one playing out within the trucking industry today, yet, they remain to be reported by the main news media.

Most trucking companies and driver trainers are professional and respectful individuals.  Still, there are a handful of trucking companies who continue to hire known felons and place them in a position as a driver trainer, and simply turn the other way when acts of bullying and violent crimes take place . . . punishing only the victim.  We are taking a stance to reporting this type of behavior and to push it out into the main stream media in order to let it be known.  It has got to STOP!

There is a massive difference between bullying and rape.  Recently, one trucking company received 265 complaints by female drivers and very little was done.  Now facing 35 counts of sexual harassment, the other 230 reports were “thrown out” by the courts because they were not filed within the 45 day reporting deadline.  Another tactic used by these trucking companies that allow these acts to take place.

Truth About Trucking “LIVE” will begin bringing this epidemic to light on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 7:30 PM EST.  Host Allen Smith, will present a one hour commentary on the trucking talk radio show, setting the stage for the main broadcast which will be on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 7:30 PM EST.  With a special guest panel, the 2 hour show will reveal the truth behind the bullying and violent assaults that many CDL students and new drivers are facing within the trucking industry.  Future shows will be slated, as we continue to push forward in order to stop these acts from occurring, and to demand that the trucking companies who knowingly allow these acts to continue, STOP!

Solutions to the problem will be a major focus for the show.  It’s time to report these acts of violence and let it be known that the correct measures must be put in place to prevent them from happening.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 – 7:30 PM EST –  Bullying in the Workplace

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009  –  7:30 PM ESTHostile Training and Work Environments within Trucking

Join us as we report on Truth About Trucking “LIVE”

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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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7 Responses to Bullying in the Workplace. - Post a Comment

  1. Truckdriversnews

    Thanks Allen for all you and Donna are doing. The one thing that irritates me to no end is. Where oh where is the Women in Trucking? They have an organization, if you want to call it that. Maybe they actually need someone in there that KNOWS what is going on, instead of someone who wants to be famous.

    This is a VERY real problem, and a problem that just didn’t appear yesterday. It has been around for a long time, and it is time to make a stand, and get it under control.

  2. Desiree

    I have been receiving calls and emails since I began writing my stident trucker story from veteran woman, potential female students & even men who are eager for someone to finally take ahold of this problem, at the very least listen and not make them feel guilty or ashamed when they seek assistance or guidance.

    Time and again I have gone through the “proper channels” to report to organizations, HR Departments and what I get is indifference, denial or a smile, handshake and phoney Thank you for reporting.

    Nothing is ever done.

    The general citizens of our country should be outraged that the money being spent from our tax dollars to retrain people is feeding these organizations who are permitting this sort of daily abuse on our HIGHWAYS!

    Student Truckers eager to learn a new job and have a chance for a new life being tormented while they are behind the wheel is not okay.

    I am so grateful to Allen and Donna for taking a stand to help those who are put into a catch 22 by these big trucking companies and have nowhere to turn for assistance.

    I’m looking forward to these shows.

  3. Ryan

    Hi. I just wanted to ask; Where do I go to listen to “truth about trucking Live” at? Thanks!!! 🙂

  4. Allen Smith

    Hi Ryan: our show can be found at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking — or simply google, truth about trucking live, and you’ll find it …. thanks

  5. Allen Smith

    I believe that Women in Trucking is a decent organization. The CEO/President of WIT began the organization for the purpose of promoting the accomplishments of women in trucking …. and they have done that. She is active in assisting companies in establishing guidelines and criteria for the purpose of preventing harassment and abuse of women within the trucking employment arena. I have had her on my talk show and there are plans for her return in the future. I do not look at what organizations are joining me and (us) in bringing this issue out in the open and working towards a solution in stopping these abuses. We will move forward and whoever wants to join in and assist in this process is more than welcome. I’m sure we will see other such organizations coming on board in the future.

  6. MoxieLady

    Well, having been searching for jobs since June 20 as a newly licensed female driver, this is very depressing. While I am thankful to know what I’m up against, it’s not very helpful if I don’t know WHICH companies out there are responsible for the creation of these testimonies of rape and harassment. It is almost as if the fear to go public even effects your good work here. Real truth contains no fear.

  7. Allen Smith

    Such information is in the public eye, and several companies are being hauled into court to face these allegations …. here are just a few facing the courts, paying fines or coming to some form of agreement: http://tinyurl.com/r6t9uj —– http://tinyurl.com/mz7lo2 —– http://tinyurl.com/mzqqke

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