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  •  AFTA and OOIDA also against it (1+ / 0-)
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    AFTA and OOIDA are also against the provisions to allow Mexican trucking companies greater access to the US. It's a bizarre sign where big companies, small companies, and the US worker have similar goals. (So why the push? Two words: Wal. Mart.)

    Now if only the Teamsters had much clout over OTR trucking. They seem mainly based in LTL and local work.

    Interesting that these things came to a confluence in your journal. I picked up a load in Kansas City today. About a block from a GM plant that is closed up due to a strike. Kudos to those workers.

    (BTW, 40 cpm might be average, but there's a ton of guys making way less than that. Starting wages at some of the lesser companies are in the 28 cpm range. I'm at 34, but should be at 41 in another 10.5 months)

    •  does that include fuel costs? (0+ / 0-)

      Those big rigs couldn't get very good gas milage; your diesel must cost close to .40 a mile

      Rich people: God bless us. -HRC

      by DFH on Sat May 10, 2008 at 12:50:40 AM PDT

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      •  No idea (0+ / 0-)

        I'm a company driver, so I don't directly pay for fuel. According to the on board computer, I get 5.5 to 6 miles per gallon.

        $4.20/gallon divided by 6mpg gives you 70 cpm in fuel costs. Not counting buying the truck, maintenance, tires, insurance, etc.

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