1370 Ontario St. - Mezzanine, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Secretary-Treasurers
Information
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

Hoffa: Sufficient rest key to truck driver safety

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, July 15, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Teamsters Union today called for a renewed commitment by Congress to protect the driving public by keeping current hours of service rules in place to help prevent tragedies that are the result of driver fatigue.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, accusing the company of negligence and reckless conduct. The Walmart truck driver involved in the crash had reportedly been behind the wheel despite not resting for 24 hours straight at the time of the wreck.

“More than 600,000 of our 1.4 million Teamster members turn a key to a truck for a living. The highways and byways are their office,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Naturally, highway safety is important to our union. Every one of our members understands that we must have hours of service rules in place that prevent driver fatigue. A tired driver is a dangerous driver.”

More than 4,000 lives are claimed each year on our highways in accidents involving trailer trucks and the fatal accident last June is the ninth for Walmart’s trucking fleet in the last 24 months. This frequency raises serious questions about if the retail giant – which has a reputation as a bad actor when it comes to worker treatment – requires strict adherence to the hours of service rules by its drivers.

“It is not uncommon for drivers to feel pressured by their employers to drive well beyond 60-70 hours a week,” Hoffa said. “When drivers ignore the 34-hour restart provision in the current hours of service regulations – either by choice or by design – accidents occur. Congress must protect the people it serves by keeping the current hours of service rules in place and ensuring companies don’t force drivers to break the law.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

© 1997-2014 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Safety Task Force Hotline
800-306-5414

Decertification Helpline
800-393-2716

DAILY HEADLINES

Teamster Nation: Get the latest updates in the War on Workers
As clock winds down, CP Rail's Harrison hunts for his dream deal
Union Pacific CEO: Major rail mergers 'don't make sense'
UP reports 19 percent surge in 3Q 2014 profit, CEO optimistic about 4Q
Teamsters continue get-out-the-vote effort in Chicago
New reports on backlogs bring renewed criticism of railroads
AAR: Combined weekly rail traffic up 2.9 percent over 2013 for week ending October 18
Chicago's new flyover to end bottleneck on Metra's Rock Island Line
NJ Rep. calls new Hudson River train tunnel vital
Sen. Schumer says CSX needs to fix 2 trestles in Central New York
Amtrak considers selling real estate for development
Amtrak, mayor at odds in federal court over fence in New Orleans
Two states see slow start for fast trains between Raleigh and Richmond
Amtrak supporters enlist drone to make argument
Canadian oil exports to get eastern boost with plans for New Brunswick rail terminal
Facing lawsuit, California oil train terminal to shut down
New crude oil report concludes risks of train spills are real
Fifty years after the bullet train, Japan approves plan to build super-speed maglev train line
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train kicks off 16th year as North America's largest rolling food bank fundraiser
Medicare Part B premiums remain the same in 2015
Credit for military service under the Railroad Retirement Act

More Headlines


Enter your e-mail address to receive BLET news updates.

Subscribe  Unsubscribe