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    Truckers call for strike

    At Up to $1,200 a Fill-Up, Truckers to Strike Over Record Diesel Prices

    MEDFORD, Ore. Some independent U.S. truckers are planning to stop hauling freight on April 1 in protest of record-high diesel prices that are cutting into profit margins.

    Independent truckers, who constitute 90 percent of the nation's trucking fleet, are caught paying the high diesel price without any increase in their rates, according to a trade organization.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,344170,00.html

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    Yikes, Im shopping tomorrow before the prices get really high. I hope the truckers strike can pull these gas prices down.

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    The trucker strike will not pull any prices down, it will reward them with better rates. You have to udnerstand, check out www.ooida.com and you will see that consumers are paying more, however the truckers are not being paid more. Brokers are still trying to get truckers to pull for $1 a mile and not pasing in fuel surcharges to the drivers. The indenpenedents are being pushed out. For the last several months truckers have been hauling for the same rates from a year ago, yet the price to operate has increased.

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    damn!! I know there is one poster here that owns a trucking co ..... She was talking about this a few weeks back.

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    Already shopped!!!!! I'm ready. Stopped by a friend's this afternoon. Retired independent trucker. He participated in the last strike. He said it only lasted a week, but if it had gone on for 2 weeks it would have made a real impact.

    We use diesel in one truck and one tractor. I know that truckers here that haul cattle and grain are paying over $1000 per fill up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann View Post
    damn!! I know there is one poster here that owns a trucking co ..... She was talking about this a few weeks back.
    I think you're referring to c2cd208 who has posted directly above you in this thread. i took her information from a thread she started a couple of weeks ago and gave it promptly to a cousin who lives in Nevada. my cousin went straight to the store to stock up on canned goods essentials should a rough patch come along.

    i can't find the thread she started, otherwise i would link to it.

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    Trucking is such a huge operation you would think they would protect them. I havent had a chance to fully read up on it but I plan to tomorrow after going to the grocery store.

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    Here's a pretty good article about the impending strike

    Independent Truckers May Go for Strike
    http://www.theledger.com/article/200...804010478/1039

    Some truckers will heed a call to cease operating for the next few days.


    Here's another article that says the strike could last from April 1st through the 5th:
    Truckers' Strike Expected Today
    http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2...ted_today.html

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    Yeah, unfortunately this will have no effect on gas prices (how could it?) but will have a huge impact on food prices. I can't blame the truckers, but food is already rising dramatically due to fuel costs.

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    There are a few ways this *could* help to bring down fuel prices, angelmom.
    One, is *if* the truckers get legislators' attention (or the president's), that federal taxes on fuel could possibly be suspended; and/or even states' fuel taxes (although, imo opinion, unlikely).

    Another possible way to bring prices down would be to put a freeze on adding to the Stategic Petroleum Reserve, or even releasing oil from that same reserve.

    Here's an article that states that a Hawaii congressman is asking President Bush to release some of that crude oil from our Strategic Reserve:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/s...31/daily5.html

    Even better, here is one about the American Truckers Association calling on President Bush to give them a break at the pump:

    http://www.todaystrucking.com/news.cfm?intDocID=19343


    I really don't figure the strike will affect grocery prices, although if enough of them join the shutdown, it will certainly have an effect on obtaining groceries, *if* it is carried out for a number of days.

    I wish I knew what they are going to do, and for how long though! I need a crystal ball!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann View Post
    damn!! I know there is one poster here that owns a trucking co ..... She was talking about this a few weeks back.
    I am the one who owns a trucking company. Here is the link to the thread I started: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...Trucker+STrike
    I have to take my son to school and I have to take care of a copule of things this AM but I will be back here after all that and I will be watching the news so I can try and keep up with all of this. Dang I hate being in the middle of a "life" situation while something like this is happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c2cd208 View Post
    I am the one who owns a trucking company. Here is the link to the thread I started: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...Trucker+STrike
    I have to take my son to school and I have to take care of a copule of things this AM but I will be back here after all that and I will be watching the news so I can try and keep up with all of this. Dang I hate being in the middle of a "life" situation while something like this is happening.
    My son may be impacted. He links truckers to possible loads so they do not return empty.

    What will the impact for everyone else be?
    As for federal taxes being lowered, not a chance. The national debt clock today read $9,413,885,800,588.63.

    Maybe the feds will release some reserves, but I'm guessing this would be a temporary fix.

    One possible impact would be to raise consumer prices. Oh, great, just what we need in this sagging economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floh View Post
    I think you're referring to c2cd208 who has posted directly above you in this thread. i took her information from a thread she started a couple of weeks ago and gave it promptly to a cousin who lives in Nevada. my cousin went straight to the store to stock up on canned goods essentials should a rough patch come along.

    i can't find the thread she started, otherwise i would link to it.

    Here is the thread: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61294

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    Well, the national debt didn't stop congress from passing a totally unnecessary bill to give a tax stimulus rebate to almost all Americans, did it?

    IMO, this trucking fuel crisis has the potential to have a much more adverse effect on the economy, than Americans not getting $300 on up, in an effort to 'stimulate' the economy, which estimated at $156 Billion, borrowed from China. (IOW, I would rather have seen the money go to a fuel assistance package for the Independent Truckers!)

    These independent truckers not only have to pay these exhorbitant prices for their fuel, but they take another hit as a consumer, just like the rest of us.

    Truckers should totally refuse to take loads that do not pay them a decent and profitable wage, which would cover the (high costs of) maintenance on their rigs, as well as all their other trucking related expenses.

    Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz View Post
    Truckers should totally refuse to take loads that do not pay them a decent and profitable wage, which would cover the (high costs of) maintenance on their rigs, as well as all their other trucking related expenses.

    Just my opinion.
    This is a good suggestion if you work for a company, but independent truckers are another breed and need to haul to make a living.

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