By Stephanie Malench
A group of truck drivers across the United States have formed a group called Stop The Tires 2020 and have planned a shut down of all deliveries except medical across the United States starting at 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11 for 24 hours.
Organizer Jeremy Rewoldt, a truck driver for 15 years, said that “The goal for today [November 11] was to get the word out using the date and get ready for the four day stoppage. When I first started this page I didn’t think would get the traction it did. The protests that have gone in our nation are too extreme with blocking roads and looting. We are just asking drivers to pull over and turn off their engines”.
According to the group’s Facebook page, “President Trump has worked diligently for four long years to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans and very importantly the blue collar workers of this country. The blue-collar workers are literally the ones that make the wheels turn! Without truck drivers this country could not survive for long.
“We would like to make a point that we do not wish for any companies or private truck drivers supplying any kind of medical supplies and/or services to participate in our movement….
“We will stop all tires for 24 hours on Veteran’s Day 11/11/20. If this is not effective and our leaders do not respect that blue-collar truck drivers are having to face domestic terrorism, primarily in Democrat cities all over the United States, and that we do not support the banning of fracking in any way, then we will have our second Stop the Tires for four full days 11/26/20- 11/29/20.”
Rewoldt stressed about the truck strike “I’m not putting anyone in a position they weren’t in six months ago [with empty shelves] and is not asking truckers to block traffic”.
When asked if business had been impacted at both the TA and Pilot Truck Stops in Troy, they were unaware anything was going on.