Uh-oh—here we go again.
There is a grass-roots effort percolating among the American Trucking Association to stage a trucker’s strike April 1 over the high price of diesel.
Diesel fuel is north of $4/gallon right now.
The irony is…a truckers strike could conceivably make the price go up, if fuel transport drivers join in the strike, stalling deliveries of fuel to truck stops.
Alan Burkhart is a contributor to the American Truckers at War blogsite, and makes some compelling points in an argument against the strike:
Truckers can’t afford to strike.
Owner/operators need to work to pay for their rigs and fuel…and the bill’s don’t stop coming in, just because the truckers aren’t.
There are unintended consequences from a trucker’s strike that could do more harm than good, especially to people who aren’t targets of truckers’ ire. Empty store shelves and medicine shortages would work against the truckers’ credibility.
Will an American truckers’ strike get the attention of those responsible for fuel prices?
Doubtful. The Saudis’ sure aren’t going to care.
And in an argument between a trucker who wants to strike, and the company he drives for—guess who wins, and who loses his job?
I admire the spirit and tenacity of American truck drivers. But the notion of effecting change in fuel prices by staying off the road on April 1 is a fool's errand.