Lame Duck Republicans: Abusive and Powerhungry

This is unbelievably obnoxious and immoral.  Even though they lost, the Republicans are trying to take away overtime pay for truck drivers while they still have power in the lame duck session.  This isn't just bad for the drivers take-home pay, it's also really dangerous and against the traditional role of a lame duck Congress.  When drivers are exhausted, they kill people on the road.

A change to the 2005 highway bill forces delivery companies to pay drivers overtime for the extra hours they work. Without this disincentive, some companies would keep drivers on the road to the point of exhaustion - boosting their profits and risking your safety.

These are some seriously bad people, killing working drivers and random people on the road so a few companies can make a little more money.  It shouldn't be that hard to stop them since Democrats have zero incentive to go along with this.  Here's where you can write in. 

This abuse, by the way, of the lame duck session, is wrong, and it's something that we should consider when the Republicans are talking about bipartisanship.  They really just can't stop abusing power.

Tags: Labor, Teamsters, Unions (all tags)



Re: Lame Duck Republicans: Abusive and Powerhungry

Can the Senate Dems just send one guy to refuse unanimous consent and vote "present" on every cloture motion?

Don't make a show of debating this shit, just make it abundantly clear that Democrats are not going to play "Lets ram shit home through the lame duck congress against the will of the people"

It would be beautiful.  Every bill would fail cloture 55 to 1.  Actually, Chafee will probably vote against all this stuff too.

Really all the defeated republicans should be caucusing with the democrats for the lame duck session if they respect their voters.

by scientician 2006-11-14 06:03AM | 0 recs
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My dad was a truck driver back when Speed and speed were the order of the day.  He has told me that truckers are limited to 10 hours a day now.  If true, then they could not keep them on the road all day, but they could still short change them quite a bit of money over the course of a week.

Just a note of clarification.

by Robert P 2006-11-14 06:12AM | 0 recs
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Those rules only apply to drivers in trucks over 10,000 pounds. They do not apply -- and have never applied -- to drivers of lighter vehicles like the ones affected by this legislation.

And, in 2005, another hour was added to the max time for over 10k lb truckers. They can now stay on the road for 11 hours, FYI.

by Teamsters 2006-11-14 06:17AM | 0 recs
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Thanks for the update.  I didn't know about the weight limit.  It's like Wal-Mart making everyone "part-time".

by Robert P 2006-11-14 07:15AM | 0 recs

this 'bipartisanship' talk is a bunch of crap.   People need to start seeing it as an attack from the GOP, not an olive branch.  

These folks will not change.   Period.

by Jeffrey Feldman 2006-11-14 06:20AM | 0 recs
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There's all kinds of nastiness the GOP leadership want to push through during the lame-duck.  If folks want to learn more, the people over at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (where I work, fyi) are tracking all of it here:

by padlerman 2006-11-14 06:44AM | 0 recs
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And once again they take the little man in the ass.

by Populism2008 2006-11-14 07:35AM | 0 recs
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This is only an "abuse" of power because you disagree with it. If the GOP was trying to ram through "progressive" legislation, they'd be hailed as heroic.

by mdf1960 2006-11-14 07:35AM | 0 recs

It's an abuse of power because the public just spoke and said they wanted a change of course.

Had they returned the GOP to power with similar majorities, then this would still reflect the will of the people.

There's a reason it's called a "lame duck" congress, because they've lost the will of the people and should not take dramatic action.

by scientician 2006-11-14 07:50AM | 0 recs

This may be a good thing for us and another blunder for the GOP.  IIRC, not a sure thing, Teamsters are among the largest groups of defectors from D to R.  This pocket book issue should bring them home and will be a great thing to run on whatever happens to the bill.

by NorCalJim 2006-11-14 09:15AM | 0 recs


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