I’m reading this article in USA Today about the indentured servitude that many truckers find themselves in. What’s crazy is how complicit the entire retail industry is in perpetuating this vicious cycle. It involves everything from the large brick and mortar outfits to the online monoliths like Amazon.
Here’s where the retailers come in:
Retailers could refuse to allow companies with labor violations to truck their goods. Instead they’ve let shipping and logistics contractors hire the lowest bidder, while lobbying on behalf of trucking companies in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Walmart, Target and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies have paid lobbyists up to $12.6 million to fight bills that would have held companies liable or given drivers a minimum wage and other protections that most U.S. workers already enjoy.