Congress And The ATA Push. Truckers Must Fight Back
While Congress has left DC and taken their summer vacation, now is the time to contaact your Senators and demand that the ATA’s push to have the Denham amendement wording be irrevokably removed from the THUD bill that is coming up for a vote when they return, And to make sure that the senate also denies it being allowed in the FAA bill, or any other transportation bill that comes before congress.
This fight is important on many levels. The most egregious being that a states right to self govern and protect workers within their borders will be effectively removed. This is a violation of a constitutional right provided by our founders.
The ATA has vowed that they will continue to push this amendment, even if it comes down to pushing a “Stand Alone” bill. If you remember the fight aginst this when Jeff Denham (R) from the state of California tried to put his amendment into the Surface Transportation Act, and the FAAA bill, it was soundly defeated. Well, the ATA has picked this up and reworded it to go against a bill allowed in California that protects workers meal and rest breaks.
For the ATA, this will prevent its members from having to pay drivers for any time that they perform duties that they are Not Paid for, outside of their responsibility of transporting products from one location to another. Leavung drivers to be paid only for the miles they put in to move thise products. Yet those drivers are often required by their companies to perfoem additional duties for which they will never receive a dime for.
This must not be allowed! So i urge drivers to contavt their state reps AND fovernors offices to warn of how this amendment can, and will affect not only you, but your states rights as well.
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