As one of the nation’s largest employers, the trucking industry faces myriad issues associated with hiring, training, and maintaining its workforce. The Labor page some of the large issues affecting motor carrier employers.
Small business entrepreneurs – long a staple of the trucking industry – have come under increasing attack by regulators who try to negate their election of independent contractor status through misclassification laws. ATA seeks to preserve the opportunities for independent owner-operators to pursue the American dream in the trucking industry.
The National Labor Relations Board, whether through rulemaking or adjudication, can dramatically influence the level playing field between employers and union representatives that the National Labor Relations Act envisioned. ATA opposes efforts to tilt this balance in favor union interests.
Fair Labor Standards Act
This federal act, with its trucking-specific provisions, covers payment of overtime and minimum wage. ATA seeks to maintain the flexibility of payment schemes that the FLSA envisions on a national uniform basis and opposes attempts by states to impose differing wage and hour or meal and rest break requirements.
As trucking companies seek to hire safe, qualified drivers in a tight labor market, they must be wary of running afoul of various discrimination laws based on race, gender, disability, etc. enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other federal and state agencies.
Occupational Safety and Health
ATA promotes workplace safety but does not believe that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration should promulgate and enforce rules that are not science-based and overly burdensome, such as prior proposals on ergonomics.