Truckers sound off, threaten strike - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Truckers sound off, threaten strike

Lawton_Truckers are threatening to go on strike April 1 to protest rising gas prices.  What began as a small, online grassroots movement is now spreading across the country. 

With fuel prices hitting record highs, and diesel costs rising above regular gasoline, some truckers say a strike may be the only way to initiate change.  Although truckers have threatened to strike many times before, this time they say they mean business.  "The unions, you know, they've struck before and they've got things accomplished," says Mike Edgar from Memphis.  "Without the trucks on the road, everything else is going to go sky high, so it'll affect everybody," says trucker Bryce Wallace of Muskogee.

Prices for food we put on the table could skyrocket.  At some gas stations, truckers pay $3.84 per gallon for diesel, and for Wallace it means he's paying $850 to fill up his tank.  "I mean, our bonuses have actually been cut down, and the company's having to cut down on the speed of the trucks, and a lot of stuff to try and compensate for the differences," he says.

By striking on April 1, they plan to put a stop to the rising cost of diesel once, and for all - and, news is spreading fast - first online, and now by CB radio.  While there are many truckers still currently hitting the road, others are out of business, and some are headed toward unemployment.  "I've talked to some people that are parking their trucks because they just can't afford fuel," says Aaron Seyfert of Ardmore.  "Not just the fuel, the maintenance on them, tires and regular routine maintenance they need to do, they just can't afford to do it"

If the strike does start April 1, it will affect all of us.  Everything trucked in will have to be shipped another way, which means that everything - from food to power tools and building supplies - could cost us more.

 

 

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

    Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-09-18 05:30:22 GMT
    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:31:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

  • Emmys: An epic proposal, but winners lacking in diversity

    Emmys: An epic proposal, but winners lacking in diversity

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 3:17 AM EDT2018-09-18 07:17:02 GMT
    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:28:06 GMT
    (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP). Glenn Weiss, right, winner of the award for outstanding directing for a variety special for "The Oscars" and Jan Svendsen pose in the press room after getting engaged at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, S...(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP). Glenn Weiss, right, winner of the award for outstanding directing for a variety special for "The Oscars" and Jan Svendsen pose in the press room after getting engaged at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, S...

    That feel-good moment lightened the mood of an evening that otherwise had a lackluster feel and disappointed many with the lack of ethnic diversity among its winners.

    That feel-good moment lightened the mood of an evening that otherwise had a lackluster feel and disappointed many with the lack of ethnic diversity among its winners.

  • Ford wants FBI investigation into Kavanaugh allegation before testifying, attorney says

    Ford wants FBI investigation into Kavanaugh allegation before testifying, attorney says

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:06:37 GMT
    Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, went public with the allegation over the weekend after it was leaked in the news media. (Source: CNN/Researchgate.net)Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, went public with the allegation over the weekend after it was leaked in the news media. (Source: CNN/Researchgate.net)

    Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that stressed “an FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations.”

    Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that stressed “an FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations.”

Powered by Frankly