The Life Force Of America Could Grind To A Halt Within Days: ‘Black Smoke Matters’ Upcoming Trucker Strike Grows – Shortages Will Materialize Quickly And Could Lead To Civil Unrest

Monday, January 14, 2019
By Paul Martin

“If I could tell everybody something about trucking, it would be that there are heartbeats in the truck”

By Susan Duclos
All News PipeLine
January 13, 2019

A couple of links over at Steve Quayle’s website on Sunday caught my eye: First one about upcoming Trucker’s strike scheduled for April 12, 2019 and the second one from Business Insider explaining exactly what to expect if long-haul truckers stopped, from day one, into the day two-three scenario, then as long as a week, and it isn’t pretty.

The first story about the planned Trucker’s strike itself was written on January 2, 2019, detailing how a Facebook group called “Black Smoke Matters” is calling for a one day nationwide strike on April 12, 2019, to protest the “state of trucking.” As of that Jan. 2 story the group’s Facebook page had 9,000 members, the same number referred to in an interview with Charles Claburn, the organizer of the event, published on January 11, 2019.

By Sunday, January 13, that Facebook group had nearly doubled in numbers to almost 18,000 members, with over 10,000 joining in the last 30 days.

While Claburn’s group “Truckers Stand As One,” is not part of a union, the members are scattered all across the country, and at the rate of growth seen over the last 30 days, we are talking tens of thousands of truckers potentially participating by the time April rolls around.

The goal is garner attention to issues harming truckers, in an industry that is already seeing a shortage of drivers, that is expected to triple to 175,000 drivers by 2026. In Claburn’s interview he lists the issues he and the others are concerned about: The first issues listed is HOS (hours of service) reform that makes sense. The second is parking, where there is an approximate shortage of 78,000 truck parking spaces, which grows from 1,000 to 1,800 a year. Third on his list is driver training and having set standards for all drivers. Lastly they are requesting that drivers be involved in the process of making new regulations.

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