OOIDA Says OK to Force Owner-Operator...

OOIDA Says OK to Force Owner-Operators Out of Business at all U.S. Ports!

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WakeupAmericanTr ucker

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#1 Aug 8, 2008
So OOIDA comes out saying the Joint Teamsters / LA Clean Truck program is great, but for who? What OOIDA now no longer fights for the little guy? What industry next will it be OK to take away ownership rights of truckers?
Better look again OOIDA, this isn't just about the local dray trucks like the port & Teamsters have been blowing smoke up your ass about. Check out what trucks the port are buying for their grant program to hand over the fleets. Macks with forty-eight inch sleepers? What kind of local dray truck is that. Hey OOIDA, here is the start of your owner-operator over the road members who are also going to be replaced by company trucks. You like the Teamsters Union have sold out the American trucker.

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Trucker News
August 8, 2008
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have ordered 100 Volvo VNL 300 day/cabs and 100 Mack Pinnacle Axle Back day/cabs for the initial phase of their Clean Trucks Program. That initiative will see the ports replace the more than 16,000 drayage units currently serving container operations with modern, environmentally friendly trucks.

According to the ports, the Clean Trucks program will bar 1988 and older trucks from entering shipping terminals beginning October 1, 2008. All 2006 and older trucks will be banned by 2012, which the ports said will reduce truck-related pollution by 80%.

The Volvo VNL 300 day/cab is powered by a Volvo D13 engine rated at 405 hp, which meets the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) low-NOx idle requirements. It also features improved visibility, Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) and a two-way telematics system for online monitoring by fleets and operators, Volvo said.

According to Mack, the Pinnacle Axle Back day/cabs features a Mack MP7 engine rated at 395 hp, also meeting CARB’s low-NOx idle requirements. The Mack truck also boasts improved fuel economy, a (48-in. sleeper), and Mack’s Roll Stability Advantage.

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(Check out below OOIDA's official response to taking away thousands of owner-operators jobs from them at ports everywhere! Some help you are OOIDA I just canceled my membership.)
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Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA’s regulatory affairs specialist, has met with port officials at the Port of Los Angeles regarding their clean truck program. Rajkovacz said the underlying reason for ATA’s suit is to maintain the current drayage system and its reliance on undercompensated owner-operators.
“The ports’ efforts to improve air quality include a multi-billion dollar subsidy plan that is necessary because of the poor economic conditions faced by drayage owner-operators,” Rajkovacz said.“The port drivers face a tremendous struggle just to support their families, leaving very little money for operating costs and equipment maintenance. There’s no way they can ever afford to upgrade to cleaner trucks on their own.
“The ATA claims to support clean air goals of the ports but it appears the only aspect they support is the ability to take an 80 percent subsidy from the ports and taxpayers for the purchase of cleaner trucks. That is not a free market at work and shows how broken the current drayage economic model is.”
The local drayage companies servicing the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach operate many of the oldest and most polluting diesel trucks in the nation. The restructuring at those ports could set precedent for emissions requirements and economic restructuring to be tackled by other U.S. ports.
heavychevy

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#2 Aug 8, 2008
this just gets deeper and deeper. how did all this sh*t get started in the first place?
amazing, independent trucker association ooida thinks it is fine to get rid of independent truckers around the country! who is this joe rajkovacz ooida regulatory affairs specialist anyway? maybe the bigger question is, who's payroll is he on or what is ooida getting out of what now looks to be a huge scandal with the ports?
if this ever gets started i don't think it will stop at just these two ports. who the heck authorized the port authority to purchase trucks to give out and who made the decision to purchase what kind of trucks and from whome? local drayage trucks with 48" sleepers, give me a break, this ban on owner-operators now includes over the road trucks?
there is a whole lot of back room deals going on here between the teamster union, port authority, ooida, truck equipment dealers, fleet owners, government officials, and the list grows larger!
workingUScitizen

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#3 Aug 9, 2008
Good thing old man Hoffa isn't around to see what son jimmie has done with the great Teamsters union. It's no more about helping poor working class stiffs like the owner/operators who many in some areas that move containers were at one time Teamster members. Since the great union created a partnership with seiu, unite, the food & hotal workers, and others it's now only about $$$, numbers and running a temp. service for illegal mexicans.
OOIDAmember

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#4 Aug 9, 2008
Just got my letter to renew my ooida membership. That won't happen till I hear OOIDA denounce this ridicules campaign to remove OO truckers from hauling intermodal boxes. I pull from the rail head and occasionally from the ports of Virginia. I have been an OO for over eighteen years. Who the HELL gives anyone the right to take that away from me as long as I meet DOT standards. This has to be stopped now because we can each see where this is heading. Be aware drivers your rights are being violated and OOIDA is going to stand by and let it happen according to these stories. I can't believe they even praise the ones who are the cause of this.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#5 Aug 9, 2008
OOIDAmember wrote:
Just got my letter to renew my ooida membership. That won't happen till I hear OOIDA denounce this ridicules campaign to remove OO truckers from hauling intermodal boxes. I pull from the rail head and occasionally from the ports of Virginia. I have been an OO for over eighteen years. Who the HELL gives anyone the right to take that away from me as long as I meet DOT standards. This has to be stopped now because we can each see where this is heading. Be aware drivers your rights are being violated and OOIDA is going to stand by and let it happen according to these stories. I can't believe they even praise the ones who are the cause of this.
Welcome to the ranks of former OOIDA members, I called them and told them they can stick their membership and will never renew until the OOIDA remove their leadership and get back to help who they are suppose to be helping O/O's
chassisstacker

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#6 Aug 9, 2008
I work for the International Longshoremens Association (ILA). I also own two trucks moving containers. There are over two dozen ILA members who own a truck or two at the port terminal we work at. For the record we think this Teamster organizing drive has gotten out of control. The Teamsters somehow veered off down the wrong path when they made the decision to rid the industry of owner-operator truckers I tell every driver I come in contact with you had better make your voice heard on this issue before it's too late. It's time to drive the Teamsters out of the port and join with the ILA. This is where the owner-operator driver should have come for help in the first place. We are about to have a meeting at our local on this very subject next week.
twistlock

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#7 Aug 9, 2008
Looks like we all certainly would be better off to join the ILA before the Teamsters or OOIDA. That's sad we would have to join the waterfront labor union to get any trucker representation because two of the most powerful associations in North America that supposedly represent truckers don't anymore! This is really disgusting. It's worse than disgusting. It's sick on the part of both of these organizations who have turned out to be nothing more than liars to the very drivers they both claim to represent. OOIDA should now consider a merger with the Teamsters considering they already both have the same agenda to rid the country of owner operator truckers.
Eric

United States

#8 Aug 10, 2008
What has OOIDA ever actually accomplished.
caterpillardude

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#9 Aug 10, 2008
Insurance sales is number one!
Lawsuits on truth-n-leasing were always good publicity stunts for media coverage and increased membership but got too expensive to win. Now it seems they are going after the easy millions of dollars in government funded grants such as truck safety, training, homeland security grants with their new partner the Teamsters Union. Don't want to mess around and screw up their new found love with the union so f#ck the owner-operators who like the poster said brought them to where they are today. They figure owner-operators who handle intermodal freight are a small price to pay to plug into the free lunch program over at capital hill. Guess the only thing owner-truckers have left now for any protection from these two mega associations that want to remove a drivers right to ownership is to join up with the American Trucking Association, imagine that!
1984classicpete

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#10 Aug 11, 2008
WOW, this is sad news about OOIDA. They are going to lose a lot members over this crap.
JessieT

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#11 Aug 12, 2008
both ooida & the once proud teamsters union are both nothing more than corporate run operations. from what both of them have done with this port situation they have proved each can be lower than the sumbag trucking companies. at least we all know what to expect from the trucking companies as far as screwing drivers out of their money but for the two largest trucking associations in America (both so-called protecting truckers rights) to promote taking away the right to truck ownership, that's lower than any worthless motor carrier would do. better hope the ATA gets an injunction to stop this foolish play on the teamsters part at the ports in California before it spreads to more ports elsewhere. it doesn't take much research to see this has nothing to do with the environment but everything to do with greed, membership, & power by both groups. i like many others am very surprised this time by ooida's position on this ridiculous ruling.
if any of these folk really wanted to clean the air they would have set standards that each truck would have to meet regardless of age to enter the port. age has nothing to do with air pollution, it what's under the hood or how the engine is maintained. what does becoming an employee driver have to do with air pollution? if the rates go up for the fleets the rates go up for the truckers allowing them to invest more in their trucks. this whole thing stinks and the teamsters, along with their green coalition groups, and now ooida are up to their heads in this corruption. oh lets not forget they bought the mayor of LA who is indirectly on their payroll.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#12 Aug 12, 2008
This clearly has nothing to do with the environment, if it was, it would be a ban trucks that don't meet standards. not a plan to stop all O/O's even those that have trucks that meet or exceed the requirements.
Wake up FQQLZ

Jerseyville, IL

#13 Aug 14, 2008
It's a great idea! Keep them dangerous,rate-cutting illegal aliens out of the ports!
rightturn

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#14 Aug 14, 2008
This clean truck plan punishes the hard working truckers and replaces them with more illegal drivers only now behind the wheel of new company owned trucks. With the union & their green coalition partners they'll succeed in arranging amnesty for the illegal operators to replace the American owner-operators who they push out of the ports many who have decent trucks. HELL the illegal ones don't give a sh*t. They win anyway. These illegal clowns never intended to operate a business in America. This was nothing more than work cheap junk for cash, no responsibility, pay no share of taxes while screwing up the rates for everyone. Most have no investment other than some piece of sh*t truck worth maybe $1,500.00 in parts. Get rid of the US drivers with knowledge of the industry and you'll get a cheaper labor contract the corporate carriers can live with. Remember this clean port ruling doesn't just cover the local port trucks but the road truckers that frequent the port weekly hauling containers.
If this was all about clean air there should have been a standard set by the port for truckers to meet and the trucking companies could have been held accountable for their leasing operators as well as company trucks just like accidents or any other violations while under lease to the motor carrier. Now the port with help from interfering outside groups has decided to take away the right of American citizens to own a business. Still think this decision hurts the illegal aliens who shouldn't be here in the first place?
unionbug

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#15 Aug 15, 2008
I'm a proud Teamster owner-operator. This is the first news I have heard of this. I hope President Hoffa knows he is going to turn thousands of truckers against becoming union members by running such a campaign to push out owner-operator drivers from operating at our nations ports. I am going to bring this up before our local leadership for an explanation on this matter. This should concern others at my local where this port plan may be going.
tato

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#16 Aug 15, 2008
Awesome, now I can get rid of my old piece of sh*t truck I paid $900 bucks for,(actually stole it but Chico charged the $900 to change the VIN #) collect a few grand of taxpayer$ cash under "the LA clean truck plan" for the F^@king junk that I wrecked & destroyed & the union will take care of my illegal citizenship status so I may obtain my TWIC card. Best of all I now get to drive a brand new local company truck for J.B.Hunt under a substandard labor agreement between the Teamsters & the new port approved fatcat motor carrier vendor. Hey amigos it's still less than the average American trucker would work for but it beats $11.00 dollars per day back in Mexico if I were deported. What a wonderful country you have here. I will remember that each week as I go down to the western union office to send my money home.

“"NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE"”

Since: Mar 08

THE Q

#17 Aug 16, 2008
I'm still here, things arn't great but, whats a guy to do, I've given up all my toys, my house is in foreclosure I'm liven rent free saving money for the time being, I am current on my truck trailer and insurance, truck will be paid for in Apr..trailer in Nov. if I can just hold on, yeah I'm gambling, but what more do I have to do to..
I'm 51, I'm running outa time....
Illinois driver

Downers Grove, IL

#18 Aug 17, 2008
Mexican nationals driving in the US is just plain wrong. Next they will be unloading the load and putting it on the store shelves. Where do we draw the line? I say right at the BORDER!
americandriver

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#19 Aug 17, 2008
The illegal Mexicans' are already unloading the loads at the giant distribution centers for Walmart, KMart, HomeDepot, Lowes, DollarTree, DollarGeneral, Freds', Sams'Club, and the list continues on and on replacing American jobs with folk from a third world economy who contribute nothing to American society. They take the jobs for nothing displacing US workers & then create an underground economy of welfare families & community hand outs to subsidize the corp. retailers cheap labor force.
The same thing is happening in the port trucking business everywhere they get a foothold. They push out all other legal US driver contractors because they will operate garbage equipment on the street without any regard for public safety & for wages that have to be again subsidized by state welfare, or handouts. They get caught or have an accident they just disappear & more reappear to take their place driving the same damn junk.
The answer is not get rid of the honest hard working American owner-operator truckers like the port & union want to do but start enforcing the fu&king US State & federal laws that are on the books. Call in ICE and lock up the employers weather they be warehousing executives or trucking company management for hiring anyone who is not a legal US citizen.
Hell all the teamsters union wants to do is award the illegal aliens amnesty put them in company owned trucks & cut a substandard union contract deal with a few big fleets to take over the ports. If you look at the trucking concession agreement with the port of LA even Mexican trucking companies are encouraged sign up to get federal & port grant monies to operate at the California ports if they buy a CA tag & work the new trucks they purchase with the free grant money locally. How is that helping clean air or US truckers?
Midnightrider

Geneva, IL

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