More money is the key

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Dear Editor,

The major problem with the road transport industry today is a lack of compensation for the professional driver. Under a union-negotiated contract, I enjoy compensation for all job-related duties: breakdowns, border crossings, waiting time, pick-ups, deliveries and even time spent at government scales and roadside blitzes. All professional drivers should be. The paltry sum I spend in union dues is not even 10 per cent of the amount I have been robbed of, in performing such duties for prior carriers without any compensation.

Remuneration? I will personally donate the “bag of peanuts” most carriers boast as their “above-average wage”. If you want to work 14 hours out of 24 and receive little compensation, the industry is just crying to find such fools. Heck, they’ll even train you.

I am proud to be a professional Class A driving veteran and equally proud to be a Teamster member.

Thomas Ward

Forest, Ont.

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