While supporters were hoping for a response in the tens of thousands, the numbers were more in the hundreds for independent truckers attempting a nationwide strike this week. (See previous posts here and here, and a mention of this humble blog in today's Knoxville News Sentinel.) MSNBC reported a three-mile convoy of slow trucks outside Atlanta yesterday, but the protests were limited nationwide.
Talk about the frustrations, the fears, the plans and the overall impact - or lack of it - has been rising on the internet, according to Technorati's tracking, and if supporters can make a more cohesive approach to organizing online, they may draw the numbers they want (or need):
English posts that contain Truckers Strike per day for the last 30 days.
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Being independent means often operating under contracts written before the high prices now at the pump, while drivers working with large corporate organizations have a simple remedy for such problems - they don't pay for the fuel costs, the company does, and when prices go up, the consumer of the products being transported are the ones who pay higher costs.
Let's say the independents can get far more participation from their own ranks. It won't bring fuel costs down. Will it spur some type of action or reaction in government or business? Or will it just put the average consumer at another disadvantage and hollow out incomes even more than they already are?