Posted in Trucking, tagged "truck driver shortage", American Trucking Association, ATA, CDL Training, CRST Van Expedited, Ellen Voie, Harassment, Lady Truckers, Sexual Harassment, truckers, Trucking, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, War on Women, WIT, Women, Women in Trucking, Women Truckers on April 14, 2012 |
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Women entering trucking are at higher risk of meeting obstacles that hinder their success because this male dominated environment is lacking in accountability.
Unethical behavior and misconduct is generally targeted at those least able to fight back, this is the obstacle I have seen most frequently for truck driver students, especially Women.
Sweeping things under the rug like sexual misconduct in truck driver training carriers has created a big lump in the rug. The CRST Sex Harassment case is an example of the ignored lump that eventually created a hazard so great many were harmed. While some claims may have been frivolous, some valid claims are sadly caught in the mess.
The failure falls upon the carrier who did little to properly train their trainers and the industry who looks the other way.
Truck driver training does a poor job to prepare student candidates to become qualified drivers. For females, the highly unusual expectation of the living arrangements can be dangerous.
With the recent rash of reports on the EEOC V. CRST Sex harassment case I was at first stunned that it took until 2012 for the Associated Press to widely cover this massive case, many of the incidents occurred in 2005. It has been sparsely reported on by mainstream media and mostly ignored by trucking media, including OOIDA , trucking radio programs on SIRIUS, publications widely distributed at truck stops where truck drivers might read about this case and trade publications that might make the industry more accountable by creating pressure from other sectors for carriers like CRST to clean up their act.
The recent barrage of reports note that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had filed a “friend of the court brief”. If you are not aware, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the former head of the American Trucking Association, if that does not SCREAM of politics I do not know what more one would need.
Perhaps, this story is all over because some other industry with as much clout as big trucking wants to rattle some cages? Maybe they could care less about Women or the EEOC case. Maybe it’s merely a power struggle between big rail and big trucking OR big labor and labor crushing, I don’t know but it is an issue that should be addressed.
Just 3 days before the AP broke this story, Ellen Voie the self-appointed corporate apologist for big trucking thanked CRST for renewing their corporate membership yet I received a letter from a CRST female student in distress just a few months back. I was also advised that remarks in court documents about an internal CRST crisis line which was somehow the remedy for their “issues” was no longer being used. (more…)
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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.
In 2010, there were 9 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 80 posts. There were 34 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 408 views. The most popular post that day was Why did I do it?.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, askthetrucker.com, truckerhub.com, and realwomenintrucking.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for arrow trucking, trucker desiree, truck driver shortage, truckerdesiree, and truck driver shortage 2010.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Why did I do it? April 2009
Truck Driver Shortage April 2010
Hi,This is me March 2009
My Arrow Trucking Story May 2010
Serial Killers and Trucking October 2010
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Posted in @TruckerDesiree, tagged Assault, Blog, CRST, DAC, Discrimination, Driver, EEOC, Female, Feminist, Harrassment, Iowa, Law, Legal, Lily Ledbetter, Logistics, News, Politics, Radio, Rape, safety, Sexual Harrasment, Talk, Transportation, Troublemaker, truckers, Trucking, Women on May 25, 2009 |
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CRST Sexual Harassment Case
I am disturbed but glad at the same time that some women are coming forward to speak about what is happening in the trucking industry to female students.
The 35 cases of sexual harrassment at CRST is just the tip of the iceberg but the tenacity to keep the story under wraps is precisely why I wrote my student trucker story on “Ask the Trucker” .
People outside the trucking community who have read my story “A Day in the Life of a Lady Trucker” have been shocked, while people inside the trucking community can ussually add 10-15 chapters of horror story material of their own. (more…)
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Posted in Texas Bill HB2932 & SB1558, tagged Austin, Change, Criminals, Dallas, Drugs, FBI, highways, Organizations, Police, Politics, Predators, Rape, safety, Security, Students, Texas, truckers, Trucking, Twitter, Violence, Women on April 21, 2009 |
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This is why I Support Texas Bill HB 2932 & SB 1558
Another twist of fate occurred while I have been trying to finish my student trucker story on “Ask the Trucker “ in a section created for me called, A Day in the Life of a Lady Trucker .
In December 2008 I received a notification from Dallas Police Headquarters that my DNA was matched to the man who raped me in front of my small children in 1989.
Some of the difficulties I had from that crime were from the way it was mishandled by DPD in the eighties. I just last month learned more about the man who did this cowardly act.
At the time, the organizational structure I reported to and sought assistance from failed me and I did not trust them.
I carried a lot of bitterness toward this organization until about 6 years ago when I saw a woman on CNN speaking about how she took the initiative to follow up on her own rape case with the Dallas Police Department. As it turned out, a suspect was apprehended who was a radio personality and serial rapist. I learned later that Dallas, Texas had a rash of separate serial rapes that occurred in the eighties.
I was motivated to take control of my bitterness, so I called Dallas Police headquarters and with relative ease made contact with a Sergeant who listened to my story and my hostility. (more…)
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In the Drivers Seat
I have been writing my Student Trucker Story on “Ask the Trucker” since October 2008.
Although by October I was in a much different situation because I had moved from the “Team Division” into a Dedicated Solo Fleet beyond the ridiculously unsafe situations my company placed me in during my training.
In this new division I saw very quickly how things should be done. The entire manner of my new fleet was more effective because the communication and professionalism was much better. Partially because the contract DEMANDS it or the contract will be lost.
I was also driving solo finally, not required to drive & live with someone from unknown origins. (more…)
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