Trucking industry is suffering

Trucking industry is suffering

There are 243 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Oct 1, 2008, titled Trucking industry is suffering. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Semi truck drivers told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday that the Wall Street meltdown and high fuel prices are slowing the economy.

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Donna

Loveland, CO

#1 Oct 1, 2008
Why is this just being reported on now? My husband lost his trucking job back in May of this year, I took him to work one morning in May and by the time I got back from taking my children to school we had a Fedex letter on our door step that said that had filed chapter 11 and quit operations, no notice, stoped all health and dental insurance that day. The trucking industry has been hurting for a while now, just look at how long diesel prices have been up, and right now there are little to NO trucking jobs worth having here in Michigan.
Vin

Deerfield, IL

#2 Oct 1, 2008
Donna wrote:
Why is this just being reported on now? My husband lost his trucking job back in May of this year, I took him to work one morning in May and by the time I got back from taking my children to school we had a Fedex letter on our door step that said that had filed chapter 11 and quit operations, no notice, stoped all health and dental insurance that day. The trucking industry has been hurting for a while now, just look at how long diesel prices have been up, and right now there are little to NO trucking jobs worth having here in Michigan.
Wait til Obama is Prez., Diesel will be $10/gal.. I think I heard it takes 3 barrels of oil to make 1 barrel of diesel.
RylieAnne

Amelia Court House, VA

#5 Oct 2, 2008
Well, If this isn't propaganda trying to garner public support of the bailout, I don't know what is.

Since: Sep 08

United States

#6 Oct 2, 2008
I feel horrible for the Truck drivers and there families.
idunno

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#7 Oct 2, 2008
Donna wrote:
Why is this just being reported on now? My husband lost his trucking job back in May of this year, I took him to work one morning in May and by the time I got back from taking my children to school we had a Fedex letter on our door step that said that had filed chapter 11 and quit operations, no notice, stoped all health and dental insurance that day. The trucking industry has been hurting for a while now, just look at how long diesel prices have been up, and right now there are little to NO trucking jobs worth having here in Michigan.
i FEEL bad for YOU..........
I think the POWERS TO BE raised the price of DEISEL to keep gas cheaper.....
PRESIDENT OBAMMA

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#8 Oct 2, 2008
whyyyyyyyyyyyy
yesterday_s news

United States

#9 Oct 2, 2008
The trucking industry has been slowing down for over a year. It is finally getting reported due to the Gainey failure. Big company, big man on campus, big news. As Donna notes, this is not the first trucking company to feel the pain of the economy. It won't be the last.
jack

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Oct 2, 2008
I dont get it, I work on the dock for a major local trucking company and we are moving alot of freight. I feel for the Indpendent trucker looking for a load. But these big companys like gts they can haul whatever they want and set the price they want for the load.

Over the road trucking is the only way to get product around the country(other than RR).And everytime i go to my local grocrey store or hardware store there shelfs seem the be stocked, cars are still being made all over this country with Trucks shiping the parts to the plants that make the cars or trucks we buy.(yet the prices might me higher, but they are stocked).
turdshooter

Canton, OH

#11 Oct 2, 2008
my son-inlaw lost his job because they could have an illegal drive for 10 cents a mile while JC was driving for 32 cents.
Rob

Wood Dale, IL

#12 Oct 2, 2008
Diesel prices are high b\c they can make them high and we pay for it. Look, in MI most things that come here are hauled. Train, boat, truck, all diesels. For us, when diesel goes up so does everything else.(food, goods) We have to pay it, we need these things so we don't have a choice. Diesel is usu cheaper than gas b\c it takes less steps to make\refine than gasoline. But the price setters know how much we need it so they can set the price as high as they want-we pay. We can use less gas\diesel yes-they will just raise the price so they get the profits that they "need"
Rob

Wood Dale, IL

#13 Oct 2, 2008
jack wrote:
I dont get it, I work on the dock for a major local trucking company and we are moving alot of freight. I feel for the Indpendent trucker looking for a load. But these big companys like gts they can haul whatever they want and set the price they want for the load.
Over the road trucking is the only way to get product around the country(other than RR).And everytime i go to my local grocrey store or hardware store there shelfs seem the be stocked, cars are still being made all over this country with Trucks shiping the parts to the plants that make the cars or trucks we buy.(yet the prices might me higher, but they are stocked).
Jack, moving freight and making money? Or just moving freight?
CBK

Zeeland, MI

#14 Oct 2, 2008
Maybe the truckers should drive to washington for their free bail out!

RECALL LEVIN!!!!!
jack

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Oct 2, 2008
Rob wrote:
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Jack, moving freight and making money? Or just moving freight?
Well about 500 trucks on the road and 50 guys on the docks, I have been there
about 4 years and no layoffs and no job cutts i'd say they have to be making some money.

“ACLU--Jihad with a law degree”

Since: Sep 08

Lovington, NM

#16 Oct 2, 2008
Donna wrote:
Why is this just being reported on now? My husband lost his trucking job back in May of this year, I took him to work one morning in May and by the time I got back from taking my children to school we had a Fedex letter on our door step that said that had filed chapter 11 and quit operations, no notice, stoped all health and dental insurance that day. The trucking industry has been hurting for a while now, just look at how long diesel prices have been up, and right now there are little to NO trucking jobs worth having here in Michigan.
No kidding. Earlier this year small companies and independents were dropping at the rate of 1 a day, but nothing. Then a big company like GTS who doesn't have enough capital to operate his business goes out and it's 'new' news.

I say Harv ought to lobby Ehlers, Hoekstra, Levin and the rest of the bums that are or have voted for the bailout so he can get one of his own. After all, where do you stop once you start?
jerry

Cadillac, MI

#17 Oct 2, 2008
Shippers pay fuel surcharge on every shipment which is based on the national average diesel cost and changes weekly. This summer the surcharge was over $.70 per mile, do the math, the carriers have turned fuel surcharge into a profit center.

Union All The Way

“So what!!”

Since: Apr 08

Lakeview, Mi.

#18 Oct 2, 2008
Constitutional Mark wrote:
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No kidding. Earlier this year small companies and independents were dropping at the rate of 1 a day, but nothing. Then a big company like GTS who doesn't have enough capital to operate his business goes out and it's 'new' news.
I say Harv ought to lobby Ehlers, Hoekstra, Levin and the rest of the bums that are or have voted for the bailout so he can get one of his own. After all, where do you stop once you start?
I want a bailout too.I need $3500000.00
maureenlee

Kalamazoo, MI

#19 Oct 2, 2008
My husband drives truck -but he works for a company out of OHIO not Michigan-and he is very busy-leaves Monday morning-Usually Home midweek for the night and home for the weekend by Friday night. I guess it depends if you want to work or not. Not many local jobs in Michigan for driving. If you want to make your mortgage payment you may have to sacrifice just a tad to do it right now. Over the road may be the way. Most companies in Indiana or Ohio at least get you home on the weekend.
Louis Lowell

Granbury, TX

#20 Oct 2, 2008
Apparently there is something most folks don't realize, or don't want to think about. The bailout?? Who does everyone thing the money is coming from for that?? The senators? Gov Granholm? Pres Bush?? Heck no, it's coming right out of OUR pockets. So the big bankers give out bad loans, then WE, that's YOU and I folks have to come in and bail them out. Who's bailing US out?? No one in this lifetime. As for the freight. It's still so much cheaper to haul it by railroad that it ain't even funny. One ton hauled 423 miles per gallon of fuel?? Versus maybe 2 tons by truck, and they get what, six miles per gallon? Take a look at that folks. Then tell me who should be hauling the freight. BUT, the car manufacturers don't want to pay for the parts sitting in their warehouse, so they went to "Right on time" truckers. That's stupid. I say get the freight back onto the rails. They pay for the land (Yes, they own their right of ways) They pay taxes on that land, they pay for ALL the upkeep,(All this versus a truck paying a pittance for their use of expressways and streets. PLUS it's lots cheaper. This country needs to get their heads out of their rectums, and wise up. QUICKLY CUL Lou
GR Man

Middleville, MI

#21 Oct 2, 2008
turdshooter wrote:
my son-inlaw lost his job because they could have an illegal drive for 10 cents a mile while JC was driving for 32 cents.
Illegals drive truck here??
Logistics Mgr

Grand Rapids, MI

#22 Oct 2, 2008
jerry wrote:
Shippers pay fuel surcharge on every shipment which is based on the national average diesel cost and changes weekly. This summer the surcharge was over $.70 per mile, do the math, the carriers have turned fuel surcharge into a profit center.
Then shippers aren't doing their homework if they are getting gouged by unreasonable fuel surcharges.

There are no rules governing how much or how little carriers charge for fuel surcharges. Most carriers I work with adjust with the DOE's weekly numbers, but none are really the same. I've also negotiated lower fuel surcharges when I feel what is being charged is unreasonable.

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