Trucker Gets Fired For Speaking To USA TODAY

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I've got a topic going on this series so I'm going to add this to that topic.

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[quote]What happened to Flores is just the latest episode in a decade-long struggle that has seen hundreds of port truckers in California turned into modern-day indentured servants.

As the USA TODAY Network reported last month, many of these drivers say they were forced by their bosses to sign lease-to-own truck contracts, putting them in debt to their own employers. The trucks are so expensive – up to several thousand dollars a month for payments and maintenance – that some drivers say they have no choice but to work 15 to 20 hours a day.[/quote] [quote]Flores said his managers at Morgan Southern knew about his hours, but for years the trucking company looked the other way.[/quote]

It is terrible that such potential LIFE eliminating (not just Drivers) "jobs" are still being pushed upon people AND being treating PEOPLE as less than Human. I've driven 20+ hour days O.T.R. yet not in a row and very inconsistent until I was written up at the North Bound I-55 Coop (Scale House, Weigh Station--story for a different post) in Tennessee.

I've NEVER been "prodded, forced, bullied" to buy a truck as I would have walked away, but that's MY perspective. I've been asked a few times at a few Companies IF I was interested in becoming a Owner Op.(through that Lease To Own option) to which I respectfully declined.

It's actually surprising that such neanderthal companies are still in such operations considering all the stringent NEW RULES/REQUIREMENTS In Truck Driving as well the upcoming MANDATE of E-LOGS.


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We've moved this topic to its existing thread:

USA Today Article: "Rigged"

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