President Trump Acknowledges Truckers

Officials and drivers from the Trucking Industry met with President Trump late last month. Furthermore, they met to speak about issues affecting truckers and the trucking industry, which primarily focused on healthcare. It was stated that the Affordable Care Act does not meet the needs of trucking employees and employers. The Trucking Industry is said to be the largest employer in 29 of 50 states.

During the meeting, President Trump acknowledged truckers saying, “No one knows America like truckers know America. You carry anything and everything; the food that stocks our shelves, the fuel that runs our cars, and the steel that builds our cities. America depends on you.”

“We need to put the people that move America forward – first.” – ATA President and CEO Chris Spear

In addition to the American Trucking Association, ten trucking company representatives and twelve drivers attended the meeting. These drivers have a combined 319 years of driving experience and 29.4 million accident-free miles!

Truck Driver Representatives 

Steve Fields, YRC Freight, Independence, Mo.
Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight System, Albuquerque, N.M.
David Green, Werner Enterprises, Hot Springs, Ark.
Rhonda Hartman, Old Dominion Freight Line, Des Moines, Iowa
John Lex, Walmart Transportation, Monroe, Ga.
David Livingston, TCW Inc., Springfield, Ga.
Don Logan, FedEx Freight, Eskridge, Kan.
Charlton Paul Jr., UPS Freight, Chester, N.Y.
Russell Simpson, Holland Inc., South Vienna, Ohio
Todd Stine, Carbon Express, Altoona, Pa.
Barney Earl Taylor, Penske, Orlando, Fla.
Derrick Whittle, Cargo Transporters Inc., Fieldale, Va.

Trucking Company Representatives 

ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president, Jet Express
Jim Burg, president and CEO, James Burg Trucking
David Congdon, CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line
Mike Ducker, president and CEO, FedEx Freight
Eric Fuller, CEO, U.S. Xpress
Neal Kedzie, president, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
Rich McArdle, president, UPS Freight
Dennis Nash, CEO, Kenan Advantage Group
Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO, Crete Carrier Corp.
John Smith, chairman, CRST International

 

Link to CNBC Coverage 

Chloe Chavez

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