Denham Amendment Back in The Spotlight

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Well, it seems that some people just do not get the point.  In one of my most recent articles, (The Denham Amendment Must be Defeated, Nov 15, 2015) I spoke about how the Denham amendment to the Surface Transportation bill could negatively affect the pay of the nations transportation workers, by not seeing that those people were fairly paid for the work they do outside of what they were hired to do. That being, transporting products from place to place throughout the nation.  Well, with a call to action throughout the transportation group of drivers, their families, and those in support of truckers and transportation workers nationwide, that amendment was successfully stripped from the Surface Transportation Act.

Now that same amendment has found its way into the Federal Aviation  reauthorization bill,  H.R. 4441 Title VI Miscellaneous Sec 611 Federal Authority pp 256-258, where several paragraphs of the bill were replaced with the exact same wording that was in the amendment that Jeff Denham (r) of California tried to weasel into the surface transportation act.  It seems that , now, the ATA may be with Mr. Denham in attempting to push the exact same wording into the FAA reauthorization act.

As a refresher, Mr. Denham is not only a Senator, but also a rancher from central California, and if his amendment stays, or is carried through any piece of legislation, it will save not only him, but any other entity from having to be faced with properly compensating those in the transportation industry for the work they do, thereby leaving them with only being paid for bringing products from point A to point B, with no compensation for any other work they may be faced with having to do outside of making the delivery.

And not only is it a part of the Denham Amendment, but it is also being pushed by the ATA (American Trucking Association) which is made up by a number of the largest trucking companies in the US.  The most stringent part of this amendment states that No individual state may make or create any law, enacting legislation affecting the pay of people involved in trucking.  Again, this bill, or amendment would take away states rights to set fair wages for work conducted outside of a persons assigned duties. For truckers, this would mean that time used for loading, unloading, detention, layover, or any other form of compensation, would be effectively lost to the driver.

(This portion is taken from Truth About Trucking, by Aubrey Allen Smith.   The Act was introduced by the House of Representatives. The “AIRR” Act as it is called, is a bill designed to authorize aviation programs, but on pp 256-258, Title VI, Sec 611, labeled Federal Authority, the attack on driver wages was slipped in by these members of the U.S House of Transportation Committee, of which, Mr. Denham is a member of.)   The discussion can be heard at, .

So, once again, I am calling for a Call to Action from those in trucking, and those family members and supporters of truckers to contact their state represntatives to put a halt to Any , and All actions in legislation that would include any of the wording used in the attempted Denham Amendment and the ATA’s attempts at unfairly stripping workers rights to fair compensation. Make the call now by calling 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your representatives today urging them to completely withdraw the Denham amendment and any such wording from the FAA reauthorization act . Again the legislation is as follows, Federal Aviation  reauthorization bill,  H.R. 4441 Title VI Miscellaneous Sec 611 Federal Authority pp 256-258,

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Hal Kiah

Hal is a 20+ year OTR Veteran driver and a 12 year military police veteran. He has also served as a dispatcher and has been a trainer for new Over The Road Heavy Haul drivers. Hal has performed “FHWA” inspections (now called DOT Inspections) . He has been instrumental in the last few years, aiding and mentoring other drivers via social media and personal communications as founder of Truck Driving Career, on Facebook and has a passion and goal of seeing that drivers are respected and recognized for their efforts and sacrifices in the trucking industry, recognizing that trucking is a Lifestyle, and not just a job.