Truckers would receive overtime pay in one state
A law would allow truck drivers to be paid for overtime work. This is currently prohibited by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
On Thursday, Rep. Andy Levin, Michigan, announced a bill dubbed the Trucker Overtime Guarantee Act.
The bill is designed so that truck drivers receive fair compensation for all the hours they work.
The introduction of the law follows a recent recommendation by the U.S. Department of Transportation to lift the exemption to improve the supply chain. The bill was supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, the Institute for Safer Trucking, the Truck Safety Coalition, and Parents Against Tired Truckers.
“Truck drivers across the country face brutal working conditions, marked by low pay and irregular working hours. Despite their tireless work, truck drivers do not receive overtime pay for working overtime. As a result, the trucking industry is experiencing extremely high employee turnover as truckers cannot keep up with the adverse demands of their jobs. We all stand to benefit when truckers are paid what they’re owed.,” Levin said.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) backed the law and said it had not been passed earlier due to fears that truck drivers would be regularly reworked. This could negatively affect the quality of the supply chain.
Now, says OOIDA, “an outdated law” prevents truckers from receiving fair compensation.
“For far too long, people throughout the supply chain have not valued driver time,” said OOIDA President Todd Spencer. “Part of that is because of the FLSA’s overtime exemption.”
OOIDA said the overtime requirement for truckers would force shippers and recipients to move cargo on an expedited basis or compensate drivers for the time they spent standing at the facility.