Bigger & Harman, APC September 2019




DRIVER Attorneys Defending Your Right to the Road


LABORING DAY Here’s to Those Still on the Road

When the holidays start edging closer, you hear more and more grumblings about how they’ve lost their meaning. By now, I’m certain most people are familiar with the commercialization of days like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas — but there’s an even earlier celebration being starved of value: Labor Day. These days, it’s hard to imagine, but the first Monday of September has some pretty contentious origins. The original “Labor Day parade” didn’t have floats and professional marching bands; it consisted of 10,000 disgruntled New York workers marching on Union Square to protest meager wages and 12-hour workdays. This, paired with more violent strikes and riots throughout the end of the late 19th century, finally led to the creation of the federal holiday in 1894. Today, however, you’d have to look pretty hard to see the blue-collar origins of Labor Day. While those with office jobs and regular 9–to-5 hours get to sit back and enjoy a three-day weekend, some of the hardest- working people in the country can’t get the day off. When it comes to critical jobs like public transportation and long-distance trucking, work can’t be stopped. That’s why we’d like to take our hats off and salute those commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who stay on the road while others enjoy parades and barbecues. It’s ironic that some of our nation’s hardest laborers can’t celebrate a day created for, well, laborers. But the truth is that commercial drivers are invaluable to the everyday functions of our country. A staggering 70% of all freight transported in the U.S. travels by truck. Every day, 34 million Americans rely on public transportation to get them around town. If these dedicated workers got out of the driver’s seat, our nation would literally grind to a halt.

Worse still, Labor Day weekend is a particular challenge for truckers. So many of us get on the open road to visit family and friends over the extended break that highways get congested quickly. Far from having the equivalent of a slow day at the office, the run up to the holiday can be an added source of stress for those already working one of the most demanding jobs there is. So, while many of these drivers are not able to take a day and celebrate their own hard work, Labor Day should at least be a time for the rest of us to celebrate them. In today’s fast-paced world,

“If these dedicated workers got out of the driver’s seat, our nation would literally grind to a halt.”

it’s easy to forget just how much of our lives are made possible by CDL drivers. From the food on our table to the gasoline in our car, none of these essentials would be here without the dedicated men and women who brought them to us.

Thank you, drivers. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

–Mark Bigger

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