Dozens of truckers shut down a busy Houston interstate to protest low pay
- Roughly 70 truckers slowed traffic in protest on a Houston interstate Monday.
- The independent truckers say brokers haven’t paid them for completed work and continue to underpay.
- Houston police arrested one protester and issued citations, and they say they’re investigating the wage-theft claims.
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Houston police are investigating claims of wage theft by truckers who blocked interstate traffic in Texas’ largest city on Monday.
Local media and industry publications reported up to 70 independent truck drivers were involved in the protest, which briefly stopped traffic on Houston’s east loop before being broken up. Drivers said freight brokers, who arrange loads and payment, were dragging their feet on paying for completed work.
“The brokers are the ones who are breaking the economy and breaking truck drivers; they are killing us, literally,” Addiel Santos, an independent owner-operator, told the industry news site Freight Waves.
“Brokers are paying for trips from Houston to Midland-Odessa like $1,800 to $1,900 before. Right now they are paying $700. A trip from Houston to Odessa costs me $400. If I get a flat tire, need road service, I have to pay out of …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]