- Email and Call your representatives.
Let them know your feelings. You have a little extra time on your hands, so start forming the habit of staying after these people now.
- Call OOIDA
Since they are "unable" to support a shutdown, ask them what else they are doing, if anything, to help those who are shutting down achieve their goals of turning this industry around. They may not be able to endorse a shutdown, but they can damn sure turn up intensity on things they ARE capable of doing.
- Bill Graves - Make sure this guy doesn't get a free pass on all of this.
Turn up the heat on this guy, as he is at the top of the trucking association that has never seemed to give a damn about anything other than making the big carriers happy.
And when you contact these people, especially in emails, make it public as to exactly what they say. Post in in this and every forum. And post it every time.
Shutting down is just one piece of the puzzle. It is time to become increasingly active with the Government and with those organizations that are "supposed" to be out there supporting us.
And most importantly. Don't be like those who run around preaching that a shutdown will not work. Don't just assume that being active with the Government and these association won't work. If everyone does it, and keeps doing it, it will do some good. This is the only way this industry is going to get turned around.