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Former Yellow drivers have trouble finding jobs in right-to-work Tennessee

Oct 3, 2023
Nashville's Yellow Freight — one of the only union shops in trucking — shut down operations in August, leaving 30,000 people without work.
In the months before Yellow’s closure, the company's relationship with the Teamsters union had already soured, a former Yellow driver says.
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Truckers aren't too enthused about an AI revolution

Dec 28, 2022
Autonomous vehicle tech has advanced quite a bit, but we're nowhere close to replacing truck drivers with AI yet ― and we probably don't want to.
AI technology isn't so much being integrated into trucks as it is invading cabs, says Karen Levy.
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Female truckers say Facebook’s algorithms may be steering job ads away from women, older workers

Dec 20, 2022
A complaint to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alleges that these algorithms may be recreating hiring biases — unintentionally, in some cases, but still illegally.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said it has a new system in the works to prevent ad discrimination.
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How "detention" is punishing truck drivers and supply chains

Apr 4, 2022
The key to unfurling domestic supply chains may not be more truck drivers on the road, but getting them in and out of warehouses faster.
Addressing trucker wait times at warehouses and ports could alleviate some supply chain kinks and improve driver satisfaction. Above, trucks lined up at the Port of Los Angeles in November 2021.
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What might Canada's vaccine border mandate mean for the economy?

Jan 10, 2022
Some in the trucking industry say the mandate may exacerbate its current worker shortage.
A new vaccine requirement for drivers to cross the U.S.-Canada border could compound labor shortages among long-haul truckers and worsen other supply chain issues.
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Truckers are in short supply. Drug testing doesn't help.

Jan 4, 2021
Drivers are retiring, while the pandemic and new drug-test data sharing are keeping many from joining the ranks.
Trucks drive past stacked containers at the Port of Los Angeles. The industry is having problems recruiting and retaining enough qualified drivers.
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U.S. short on long-haul truckers

Mar 13, 2019
Trucking companies are boosting pay and trying to make the lifestyle more amenable to a new generation of drivers.
61-year-old Petru Strugari of Portland, Oregon, says driver pay is rising at trucking companies, just as costs rise for parts and maintenance to operate his own truck.
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Amid a record driver shortage, Indian-American Sikhs are taking to trucking

Mar 7, 2019
In the last two years, one demographic has been gravitating towards the trucking industry by the thousands: Indian-American Sikhs.
Mintu Pandher sits inside the cab of his rig at the truck stop he bought a few years ago in southeastern Wyoming. He joined the industry because it was a blue-collar job that didn’t interfere with his Sikh beliefs and traditions. 
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Mexican truckers get pushback across the US border

Jan 10, 2018
For Mexican truckers, life hauling goods across the border can be tough. That’s because they don’t get to travel very far across the border with the United States. Though the North American Free Trade Agreement ensures the free travel of goods across the continent, Mexican truckers have faced pushback from American truckers’ unions over their […]

Truckers strike over employment status

Jun 2, 2016
They're considered contractors. They want to be employees.
A truck pulls out of the port of Los Angeles carrying a container. 
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