Life and Family

Doing Your Job

Why are Maritime company drivers paid less? When we haul the same loads from U.S. east or from east to west.

Thatís a good question, and the answer is Ďmarket pressure.í In any market, the buyer of a service will try to pay the lowest possible price, while the seller will try to charge the highest possible price. In your part of the country, the buyers have been more successful at keeping prices low than the sellers have been at raising them.

What Iím saying here is that Eastern carriers donít pay as others because they can get away with it. Thereís obviously still a supply of drivers who are willing to work for the rates the carriers are willing to pay. Now remember, the carriers are feeling pressure from the shippers to keep rates down, and that forces wages down as well.

Itís a nasty little circle, with the driver caught in the middle.

Jim Park