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March 09, 2005

GOP BIll: Truckers to Work 16-Hour Days

How many ways can the GOP screw workers?

How about imposing 16-hour work days on truck drivers, while only paying them for eleven of them. A new amendment to the upcoming highway bill by Congressman John Boozman of Arkansas would change the law to allow trucking companies to impose "split shifts" on drivers, meaning they are forced to work off-the-clock or, at best, cool their heels while companies load their trucks. And do the math, with sixteen hours on the road, that leaves even less time for sleep every night and increasing danger on the road for all drivers.

Oh, and why is the major sponsor from Arkansas? Funny coincidence, that's the home state of Wal-Mart, which is pushing the bill hard and whose executives and employees gave Boozman $48,152 in the last election cycle.

5,000 people die annually in truck-related crashes on U.S. roads, more than died in the World Trade Center bombings, yet the GOP thinks corporate profits are more important than truck safety.

More here.

Posted by Nathan at March 9, 2005 09:56 PM