Schneider National CEO Chris Lofgren says shippers, trucking companies "must come to grips" with truck driver pay, address growing pay gap with average U.S. wages.
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Schneider’s Lofgren Says Driver Pay Must Rise
"Ultimately, we need to pay people a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work" Yes, that's fine for those workers who come home from a regular morning-afternoon-or evening labor shift that doesn't take special licensing, training, medical cards, nor require an individual to take on tremendous responsibilities mandated by local/state/federal statutes while spending ones life behind the wheel of a truck on the highway. Driving an 80,000 plus pound vehicle requires the ability at a moments notice to make critical life/property decisions 24/7. There should be no hesitation or question of extra compensation paid if a carrier actually is serious about looking for the type professional individual who can constantly be intrusted with a customers valuable cargo, the lives of the general public, or who is expected to safely operate expensive equipment daily while representing the motor carriers best interest at all times while away from a fixed business location. Sadly most American driver pay along with the very few company benefits is minimal within this highly regulated industry. So - why all the surprise when there seems to be a stepped up mass exodus over the past several years away from such a thankless low paid job that requires so much of an individuals time and sacrificed family life? When a true comparison of working hours add up this industry treats the professional behind the wheel no better than a temp service does it's part time workers...
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