Trucker Strike Might
Be Good For The Nation
By James Donahue
When we mentioned it
yesterday, the report was that truckers across the United States are organizing via
the Internet to park their rigs for a full week, beginning April 1. The story is changing and seemingly getting more and more
complex by the hour.
Strangely, the threat
of a national trucker strike is still being ignored by the major news networks and web sites. Drudge Report mentioned it at
least twice, but then pulled the story within hours of posting it. Is there pressure from high places to keep this story out
of the news?
Indeed, national publicity
would help get the truckers even more organized for an event like this than they already are. We have a feeling that the only
ones being fooled by this media silence is the media and perhaps the people who depend on their nightly (controlled) television
news to find out what they are allowed to know.
Searching the web, however,
produces various blog pages where folks are actively writing and passing information around about this issue. The strike has
even taken on a name: “Truck Out.”
The date of the strike
appears to have been moved back to sometime in mid-April. One story said it would be a three-day event on April 23, 24 and
25. The story said the plan was for truckers to “slow roll” that day, jamming traffic as a way of drawing attention
to the fact that rising fuel and truck insurance costs are threatening to drive them into bankruptcy.
Another blog page said
the plan was to shut down all trucking for one day to demonstrate the importance of trucks in America’s commerce-driven economy. Instead of hauling their loads, the writer
said trucks would be surrounding “every legislative capital building in every state as well as Washington with a “bumper-to-bumper train of trucks.”
The report said the plan
also involves a convoy of trucks, cars and motorcycles in every major city, protesting “the corrupt plans our government
has to destroy our trucking industry and our nation.” The writer said last year’s Day Without Immigrants worker
stoppage last year “was a cake-walk compared to this campaign. Imagine a day without U.S. citizen-truckers.”
A more sinister sounding
report said that a Teamsters representative named Terry is talking about a possible five-day truckers strike sometime this
month, but no date was given. “They will be protesting the high price of fuel nationwide and intend to bring the nation
to her knees,” Terry said.
moves by truck a cross this country, and it won’t take very long for our merchants’ shelves and gasoline storage
tanks to empty, resulting in serious shortages in food and fuel. So, be prepared,” he warned.
Indeed, the United States
has become so dependent on trucks moving food, fuel, and even industrial parts on demand that a few days without trucks on
the road could generate a devastating impact on everybody.
Just the knowledge that
a trucker strike is emminent could spark a run on grocery stores and gasoline stations. Within hours the store shelves could
be stripped and gas stations would be out of fuel to sell.
Without parts arriving
on time, many factories would be closed within days. Without gas to get to work, workers would be forced to stay at home.
The wheels of business would quickly grind to a stop.
We think a one-week trucker
strike might be an excellend wake-up call. It might just snap Americans awake to the financial dilemma the Bush Administration
has created in the seven and a half-years it has controlled the operations of our nation.
The truckers, like many
other Americans, are tired of being pawns of big business. They are expected to deliver their cargos and be dedicated to the
job in spite of rising costs of keeping their rigs on the road, without getting compensation.
While we believe the
truckers need to be properly paid for their labor and we also believe Americans need to think of changing the way we
do business. As fuel costs rise, and the cost of moving goods for long distances eat up profits, it is high time that we return
to the old system of keeping business in our own neighborhoods.
If we are going to sell
food, we sell what can be produced on local farms and greenhouses. If we build things, we do it with parts created in local
plants, and not depend on parts being shipped from many miles away.
America also needs to
think seriously about building public transportation systems, stop loving and building new cars, and start getting as many
cars and trucks as possible off the road.