- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) denies truck drivers guaranteed overtime pay. This means they don’t get paid time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours a week because of traffic, bad weather, or delays at loading docks.
- Since many truckers are often only paid for the miles they drive, they don’t get fair pay for all the hours they work. The FLSA exemption only serves to devalue a truckers’ time.
- Drivers are constantly leaving their job to pursue other opportunities and less experienced, and statistically less safe, drivers are needed to take their place.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
- Our roads are more dangerous because truckers aren’t guaranteed overtime. The system allows shippers and receivers to excessively detain truckers at loading docks.
- The delays truckers face when waiting to be loaded or unloaded is proven to increase safety risks. If a truck spends just 15 minutes more than usual at a facility, it increases accident rate by 6.2%. This results in over 6,500 more crashes per year.
- Even the U.S. Department of Transportation believes we should change this overtime rule to improve supply chain efficiency.
WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
GOT Truckers Act sponsor Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ)
- The GOT Truckers Act (H.R. 6359 / S. 3273) removes this rule that prevents truckers from getting overtime pay. This law won’t tell the U.S. DOT how to regulate working hours or set pay rates for truckers. It merely levels the playing field for truckers and nearly every other worker in America.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?