The Trump administration touts cutting regulations as one of their major accomplishments. However, cutting some of these regulations have hurt working people for the benefit of their corporate employers and have made the workplace much less safe.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Legislative Representative Sam Loesche spoke about the effects of a deregulated trucking industry and how a Joe Biden administration can work to reverse these anti-worker measures on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Anti-worker trucking deregulation
President Trump has often touted deregulation as a major accomplishment of his administration, Loesche said that many of the regulations that have been rolled back were put in place to benefit workers and keep them safe.
He said that truck drivers are being pushed to their limits, especially since the beginning of the pandemic and how it has affected consumer habits. They are driving long hours and being asked to drive unfair distances.
Many truckers are being taken advantage of, especially on the west coast. Trucking companies are doing everything in their power to maximize profits, even at the expense of their own workforce. He said many truckers are being asked to pay for their own fuel, pay for their own overnight parking.
Since many truckers are immigrants and speak English as a second language, they are being sold the “American dream,” when in reality they are being taken advantage of.
Can Joe Biden fix it?
Loesche said that a Joe Biden administration may be able to unwind some of the damage, but it may have to jump through some hoops to get there.
He said the best course of action would be for a Democratic congress to begin using the Congressional Review Act. This allows congress to rescind rules and prevent a new rule seeking to achieve the outcome of the removed rule.