As the industry is on a historic rebound there is an underlying problem facing this manpower-heavy business. We cannot find people that want to work! The rate of applications for experienced driver positions has completely slowed. Hopefully, that means that the efforts of the carriers to retain their good, experienced drivers is working. The progressive fleets have adopted the strategy of training entry-level drivers. While this strategy is very costly to the carrier, it has become the only strategy to sustain a driver workforce. This strategy from the industry fits squarely the country’s thirst for developing good paying jobs for all, with training and no bias to entry.
There is no racial biasing for people that want to get trained in the driving profession;
The fleets will train basically for free – Bernie, yes free education;
Solid earnings and offer greater earnings power through higher performance; and
There are full benefits.
Aren’t these the jobs that the current administration is lobbying for? I just do not understand why the government is stumping to develop good entry-level jobs when there are thousands, yes, thousands, of jobs that are currently open? In addition, this administration and congress are convinced we have a job problem in this country. I would suggest that the stimulus and unemployment stimulus and criteria has completely hampered the current population of people that this industry was traditionally appealing to. Today, we can’t match the government stipends for people to do nothing versus getting trained in a profession. I think a wise man said, “to help a hungry man, don’t give him a fish, teach him how to fish.”
This industry has millions of good paying jobs available, and we cannot even get applicants. The industry supplies 70% of the goods delivered throughout this great country, that supply chain is in jeopardy when we cannot keep the seats full. If the federal government is focused on getting good paying jobs for Americans, just look toward the trucking industry. By the way, it is not just drivers, it is technicians, warehouse workers, administration staff, and many more openings. Let’s start helping this country fill the jobs open right now, maybe, quit incentivizing those possible applicants to stay out of the workforce, let’s get the fishing classes fired up.