First of all yes you are right. I never voted for that mess they scared the men into that now it's all back to where it started. Abf has plenty of money all the companys feed on fear as dose yours, it will come to you some day but don't forget that you're wages are based on the union scale an what we fight for so don't think. your Co won't take it all away if there was no more union trucking around .all I'm saying is the more Co unionized the better it is for all
With that rationalization, my wages should have gone down somewhere between 7 and 15%, but it didn't. They aren't going to slash our wages, with or without union trucking around. There's a driver shortage as it is, and if the union carriers go out, I bet most drivers affected will just retire. Most are at retirement age anyway. There will be a land rush to get whatever piece of the pension that's left. Who will be there to pick up the excess freight flooding the market with fewer ltl companies around to haul it if they lose all their drivers because they slashed the wages?
If deregulation never occurred I would agree with your last statement. All of the inefficiencies in ltl trucking with the union, a federally regulated trucking industry could survive because rates were controlled, discounting did not occur, and everyone made the same wage. But Carter deregulated the industry, and we have what we have now. So the most efficient and toughest competitor thrives.
Is what we have over here perfect? Nope. But it's pretty good. OD knows on which side it's bread is buttered. To provide the caliber of service it provides, they have to pony up the pay and benefits they do and treat us with the modicum of respect they do as well. When we need a union, we will ask for it. Til then, you'll have to forgive me that I don't see things how you do.