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Nationwide trucking shutdown Oct 11-13 ??

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Folks, I just ran across this article, which discusses a nationwide trucking shutdown from October 11-13.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/09/convoy-to-dc-truckers-to-shut-down.html

Here is another article on the subject:

http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/09/1-million-truckers-protest-barack-obama-shutting-america-3-days-october/

Here is a Facebook page on the subject:

https://www.facebook.com/truckerstoshutdownamerica

For those out on the road at this time, a serious subject to consider.

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Its more than serious...it could well be dangerous for those that choose to run. Back in the 70's when they did the shut down, there were trucks shot at, and hit. I doubt that this shut down will amount to much...and heres my reasons. 1. company drivers won't do it, unless the company tells them to..or they will lose their job. 2. O/O's won't do it, cuz few of them can AFFORD not to be rollin' to bring in money. every few years you'll see this same rumble..I have yet to see it come to anything. They days of CONVOY are long gone....

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Yeah I agree with Starcar - nothing is going to come of it. It's a pipe dream. Like she said, company drivers won't even have that option, and owner operators and lease drivers can't afford it.

Never has a year gone by in the 20 years I've been in this industry that there hasn't been talk of trucker's strikes. It's common. But the strike from the 70's was the only "real" trucker's strike there's ever been in this country and there isn't about to be one next month that would amount to anything.

Just ignore it.

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I can only imagine what they're complaining about now.

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It's funny, because one person said in reference to company drivers:

If the drivers refuse to move the trucks for that time frame, what are the big companies going to do??? Fire all the drivers? They have to stick together just like the Bikers did. We can do it!

Sounds great. My reply to that guy would be:

If I protest and I do in fact lose my job, will you pay my mortgage and feed my kids for me since you said they wouldn't fire me? You can do it!!!

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Believe me, if there was really going to be a significant trucker's strike it would take a monumental effort over a long period of time to organize. You'd be hearing about it on CNN, the major networks, CNBC, and everywhere else long before it was supposed to happened.

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Its more than serious...it could well be dangerous for those that choose to run. Back in the 70's when they did the shut down, there were trucks shot at, and hit. I doubt that this shut down will amount to much...and heres my reasons. 1. company drivers won't do it, unless the company tells them to..or they will lose their job. 2. O/O's won't do it, cuz few of them can AFFORD not to be rollin' to bring in money. every few years you'll see this same rumble..I have yet to see it come to anything. They days of CONVOY are long gone....

If I remember the 1970s "shutdown" was organized by the Teamsters, and their "union goons" were the triggermen. I might do my "hometime around that time.

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It's funny, because one person said in reference to company drivers:

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If the drivers refuse to move the trucks for that time frame, what are the big companies going to do??? Fire all the drivers? They have to stick together just like the Bikers did. We can do it!

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Sounds great. My reply to that guy would be:

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If I protest and I do in fact lose my job, will you pay my mortgage and feed my kids for me since you said they wouldn't fire me? You can do it!!!

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rofl-3.gif

Believe me, if there was really going to be a significant trucker's strike it would take a monumental effort over a long period of time to organize. You'd be hearing about it on CNN, the major networks, CNBC, and everywhere else long before it was supposed to happened.

The only way it could "really" work is a trucker "slowdown," similar to the "blue flu," that police officers get. Don't deliver or pickup on time. Put in delays, etc. You might NOT be able to do it for THREE DAYS, but you might be able to do it for a day.

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Thanks to everyone for weighing in on this question. Just because bikers did it last week, doesn't mean truckers can do it next month.

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Trust me, Bikers are a whole different kinda critter...but the glue that holds THEM together is being a patriotic red blooded american. That crosses all religions, ethnicity, profession, and demography. They come together under a common bond....The love of the sun in your face, the wind in your hair, and the unbridled feel of the open road rumbling under 2 tires. wow....I really like it when I wax poetic smile.gif

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The only way it could "really" work is a trucker "slowdown," similar to the "blue flu," that police officers get. Don't deliver or pickup on time. Put in delays, etc. You might NOT be able to do it for THREE DAYS, but you might be able to do it for a day.

I totally agree with that and to be honest I've never heard anyone even suggest it. But you're right - it's worked in other industries and it would certainly work in trucking. And I think it's sustainable - you could do it for a week or two no problem. Like you said - keep delivering late and picking up late. Of course you would still have plenty of issues to deal with from a driver's perspective but that plan is a thousand times more plausible than a convoy to Washington.

I really like it when I wax poetic

So do I! smile.gif

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