ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear is among transportation leaders named by President Donald Trump to the administration’s Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups.
Under the initiative, leaders from all sectors of the U.S. economy will work with the White House to chart the path forward as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am honored to serve our president and the nation in this capacity, representing the trucking industry and joining four ATA member company CEOs, to bridge this crisis to a safe, speedy and full recovery,” said Spear.
“Just as they have during the mitigation and response efforts, truckers will be at the forefront as we revive our economy’s engine and get our country moving again.”
The trucking CEOs named to the group are Fred Smith, FedEx; David Abney, UPS; John Roberts III, J.B. Hunt and Darren Hawkins, YRC Worldwide.
“We’re extremely disappointed the White House has ignored small trucking businesses in favor of publicly traded mega carriers, who certainly won’t use their positions to address your needs,” the association wrote in a call to action sent to members.
“Hell, most don’t even know what the needs of owner-operators or professional drivers are under normal circumstances, let alone during a national crisis.”
The association represents some 160,000 truckers.
Trucking moves more than 70% of America’s freight. In 2018, the industry hauled 11.49 billion tons of the nation’s goods.
- This story has been updated with reaction from the OOIDA.
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