Mr. Williams is a friend of mine. He’s one of the brightest, hardworking people I know. He is the salt of the earth, always putting others ﬁrst. But he is disgruntled about his chosen profession — not that he dislikes the work, but rather how truck drivers are paid and treated.
In his words, the shortage of truckers has many causes. The truck used to be the king of the road. Now it is considered just in the way. He says the public needs better educated about the role of the trucker. And for people, in general, to have more respect for one another by knowing and obeying trafﬁc laws.
The men and women who are doing this job have a heavy duty to their employers, friends, and family to do this task safely and complete in a 70-hour week. 70 hours is a lot when working with moving objects all day long, and yes, I mean 14-hour days. It’s a job that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Not because they are good at what they do, but because of the hard work that’s involved.
People need to take time to think of the ‘big rigs’ as our family, friends, and co-workers.
Last but not least is the concern of companies who think they can’t afford an increase in wages to hire licensed professional drivers. But we live in America, and when you take a look at the horriﬁc cost of management compared to the one-cent cost of moving a bottle of water, it seems a bit out of balance. Some are justiﬁably successful, but others have no accountability, resulting in failures for which some still haul home truckloads of money when their doors close.
To have a healthy economy, we cannot continue to take from the people that physically perform a task that is necessary for the production that contributes to the bottom-line. The common sense of science and pure mathematics suggest that if water still weighs 8.34 lbs./gal., there are 60 seconds in a minute, and 16 oz., in a lb. — then the proportionate contribution of those doing the actual work should be computed accordingly.
Disgruntled or not, agree or not, he puts it in the context for which most of us can understand.
“America matters and could be great again.”