Are Truck Drivers Going On Strike

Christina Perez
• Saturday, 02 January, 2021
• 8 min read

The group, which was founded on Nov. 6, attempted to organize a one-day trucking strike on Nov. 11 on Veterans Day. The group's overall purpose is to protest President-elect Joe Biden's proposed Green New Deal and any potential ban on fracking.

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Truckers in the U.S. are concerned about general labor issues like unsatisfactory COVID-19 protections for drivers, wages, as well as potential policies under the next U.S. president. President-elect Biden's policies urge a transition to renewable energy sources and a ban on fracking.

Jeremy Revolt, the founder of the StopTheTires2020 group on Facebook, didn’t intend to start a movement. A potential ban on fracking is a major reason why truck drivers don't approve of Biden’s policies.

He hopes that senators will contact him and arrange to hear perspectives from truckers across the country. Source: Apixaban Longtime driver Perry Larger of Kentucky said that he didn’t join the Veterans Day protest because “shutting down and hurting the country is the least patriotic thing someone could do.

The upcoming strike is planned for the entire Thanksgiving holiday weekend on November 26–29. It isn't known how many drivers will take part in sidelining their trucks over that weekend or the impact that the strike might have.

Revolt has received criticism for scheduling a strike during the holiday weekend. He explained to Trucker that many drivers already shut down on those dates anyway, which means half of the participation automatically.

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From Nov. 26 to 29, 2020, U.S. truckers will carry out a nationwide protest against the election of Joe Biden and his policies that they say will hurt blue-collar workers including those in their industry. In the aftermath of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, many online spoke up to support current President Donald Trump, including groups of truckers.

Slopes readers asked us if such strikes were indeed taking place, and if they would impact the delivery of basic food and necessities. Deregulation laws were justified because they reportedly saved consumers money, but at the cost of truckers’ wages and working conditions.

Case in point, in April 2019: Tens of thousands of truck drivers planned a work stoppage in a much-hyped “Black Smoke Matters” protest, but ultimately only a smattering of people in different locations participated. On Nov. 11, and even after that date had passed, dozens of members of Stop the Tires 2020 posted pictures on the private group claiming they were participating in a strike by refusing to drive.

Larry Fuentes, the manager of a large logistics company in metro Detroit told WWF his truckers have not joined it, but “I can have some understanding of what they’re coming for. After the election results were announced on Nov. 7, 2020, the American Trucking Associations released a statement congratulating Biden and calling for more infrastructure investment.

Other groups that claimed to strike said they were not defending any one political party, but wanted to improve their working conditions and wages. UPDATE Nov. 18, 2020: Stop the Tires 2020 creator Jeremy Revolt the Thanksgiving holiday work stoppage, saying “Now is not the time.” In an appearance on a video blog, he admitted that he had previously made an “emotion-based decision based on a presumed result of the election that hasn’t been certified yet.” He added that the administrative team had fractured over disagreements around the purpose of their Facebook group, and he posted on the page: “When this group was made the intentions were to talk and BS amongst a few, if not a couple of hundred, people, my friends and others included.

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Rumors surrounding the possibility of a series of trucker strikes surfaced across the internet over the weekend. “We’ve been out here in the middle of this pandemic this whole time bringing you shit and how do you thank us?” says another trucker in a second viral TikTok video.

The United States of America operates as a capitalistic economy and OIL is the fuel she survives on.” According to StopTheTires2020, the initial protest will take place on November 11th, Veterans Day, during which participating truck drivers will park their rigs for a full 24 hours.

“If this is not effective and our leaders do not respect that blue-collar truck drivers are having to face domestic terrorism, primarily in democrat run cities all over the United States, and that we do not support the banning of fracking in any way,” StopTheTires2020 continues, “then we will have our second STOP OF TIRES for FOUR full days 11/26/20-11/29/20.” “It shows that people are motivated and want to get things done,” stated the apparent founder of TruckS trike 2020 in a video addressing the potential strike.

Then we have all the Canadians rolling into American who haul goods up and down…3rd there is a divide between Union and independent trucks as well. It ended up just being a minor blip on the radar…it would take a majority of truckers going on strike for 3+ days for it to really impact the industry.

Multiple trucker protests have occurred since the spring of 2019 ; mostly against industry over-regulation, and all with small turnouts. However, several trucking protests have been successful in briefly shutting down highways and causing traffic disruptions in the name of fairer pay and HOS regulations.

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Over the weekend, TikTok user and trucking company owner Marilyn Thomas posted this video in support of a shut down. In a thread on the website The Donald, members of the forum community offered to help fund or reimburse drivers for lost pay for shutting down.

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. A group composed of at least 50,000 truckers plans to hold a nationwide strike on Veterans Day to express their displeasure over coronavirus lockdown policies and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s disputed win in the 2020 race.

The group formed on Facebook this Friday under the banner “StopTheTires2020” and is led by a truck driver named Jeremy Revolt. The United States of America operates as a capitalistic economy and OIL is the fuel she survives on.

“If this is not effective and our leaders do not respect that blue-collar truck drivers are having to face domestic terrorism, primarily in democrat run cities all over the United States, and that we do not support the banning of fracking in any way, then we will have our second STOP OF TIRES for FOUR full days 11/26/20-11/29/20.” Meanwhile, on Twitter, videos were beginning to emerge of individual truck drivers pledging to participate in the strike and listing their own reasons why.

… I would like to ask presumed president-elect … what can you promise myself, every driver, and every blue-collar worker in the United States of America today,” he said. Last time four or six years ago when we had Biden in a position of power, how much was our fuel prices?” Revolt said.

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During a presidential debate last month, Biden bluntly said that “yes,” he intends to “transition” America out of oil, thus eliminating the industry and its jobs. According to economics analyst Stephen Moore, who advised President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Biden’s plan is to “transition” to renewables.

But Stop the Tires 2020 creator Jeremy Revolt has backed away from calls for a work stoppage, saying, “Now is not the time.” Revolt discusses in a vlog how the overwhelming growth of the Facebook group took him by surprise and thrust him into a position of leadership he had not anticipated. Trucker strikes are difficult to organize and past attempts have had minimal impact.

Some social media posts say a strike would create a backup on the roads and possibly delay shipments to stores, warning people to stock up on supplies. “Please bear in mind that this page is non-partisan, and does not support any political party,” the creator of the group wrote.

If you’re far from the store or tend to make one large monthly trip, it may be prudent to do it soon and at least head into Thanksgiving knowing you have everything you need to last an extra few days if necessary. The American people have been quick to praise and then forget all of those who have worked to maintain our sanity and quality of life during the pandemic.

Add that to the Biden/Harris stance on the Green New Deal, basically attacking industries like oil and trucking, I’m not surprised to see tucker strikes popping up. Honestly, I’m glad they have the balls to do it, and I’ll simply do my part to not complain if I go out to buy new towels, and they don’t have the exact color I want in stock.

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In the mid-20th century, truck drivers had to buy specific routes to move a certain type of product from one location to the other. But goods exempt from regulation moved at rates 20% to 40% below similar products that were regulated, according to Thomas Gale Moore, then a senior fellow at Stanford University's conservative public policy think tank Hoover Institution.

Ultimately, that meant consumers were paying more because trucking was an industry with little competition and high barriers to entry. 1973: Truck drivers gather ahead of a fuel price protest in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Motor Carrier Act of 1980 removed many of the cumbersome regulations that the previous law, passed in 1935, had put in place. Most notably, it allowed new trucking companies to open with relative ease and removed many of the route regulations.

From 1977 to 1987, mean truck driver earnings declined 24%, according to research by Wayne State University economics professor Michael Better. And from 1980 to the present day, a Business Insider analysis found that median trucking wages have sunk as much as 35.8% in some metropolitan areas.

“To be able to be a truck driver used to be quite a good blue-collar, middle-class job, but over the past 40 years, it has kind of dwindled away,” Gordon Kemp, principal of the National Transportation Institute, previously told Business Insider. In 1970, a nationwide trucker strike went on for more than a month, dealing a serious economic blow in cities like Chicago and St. Louis.

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In Cleveland, Ohio, the impacts even became one of domestic security as rock-throwing protesters drew 3,000 National Guardsmen to the city. “Helmeted troops, armed with M1 rifles, were stationed in pairs on some overpasses, while other guardsmen rumbled along on patrol in quarterton trucks,” reported The New York Times on May 1, 1970.

Truck driver Lee Ending noted that truck drivers don't have enough time or money to strike. “In order for a movement like (Black Smoke Matters) to actually happen, you need the two things independent owner operators like myself do not have,” Ending told Business Insider.

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