Truckers deliver demands to White House, end DC protest

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Three weeks after truckers parked their rigs by the U.S. Capitol May 1, they ended their national protest calling for an end to brokers slashing their rates and for elimination of government overregulation. An estimated 500 to 1,000…


Truckers’ protest against low rates, red tape keeps growing

Vol. 84/No. 21 - June 1, 2020
SWP presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, left, with truck dispatcher Janet Sanchez at D.C. truckers’ protest against low rates imposed by brokers and onerous government regulations.

WASHINGTON — Now in its third week, over 300 truckers are protesting here with their rigs lining both sides of Constitution Avenue near the U.S. Capitol — twice as many as a week ago. The drivers demand relief from low…


How the Teamsters union organized owner-drivers in 1930s

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020
Truckers protest in Washington, D.C., in May, demanding an end to brokers’ price gouging.

Beginning May 1, hundreds of truckers in their rigs converged on Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago to fight to defend their livelihoods. As part of discussions about how to organize owner-operators alongside fleet drivers to fight the bosses and…



Independent truckers rally over attacks on their pay

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

FONTANA, Calif. — With horns blasting and big rig truck cabs plastered with signs saying, “No to cheap freight,” “Enough is enough!” and “Stop abusive brokers,” 50 owner-operators convoyed from here to Los Angeles May 1. They joined with 60…