Why won't trucking companies stick together and get the rates up so they can pass them onto the ownerso/operators and divers ?
That's a really terriffic question. Tough one to answer though. It boils down to competition.
Most companies are affraid of pricing themselves out of the market by increasing their rates. There's always somebody who'll run cheap, so if they don't stay competitive, they'll loose the business.
However, it's getting harder to attract quality help these days, so there is some upward pressure on rates. It's just a matter of which carrier is going to blink first. There are carriers out there who are paying a darned good rate to their owner-ops and drivers, but you never hear about them 'cause they have all the drivers they need. They're the leaders, now it's up to the rest to play a little catch-up.