Last week I wrote a commentary on the deplorable working conditions of short-haul truckers at the Port of Seattle. The drivers, who face rotten wages and lack of benefits, are also only allowed to use two portable toilets at the terminal entrance. This brought an interesting response from my go-to guy in the trucking industry, Steve Gordon of Pacific-based Gordon Trucking. He said I “should keep in mind those deplorable restroom facilities are not at all uncommon in our industry in general.”
There are plenty of loading docks at Fortune 500 companies where we do work regularly where our relatively more “professional” drivers in our segment of the business are told that the restrooms aren’t for them. Then to add the cherry on top, you get municipalities like those down here in the Sumner/Auburn/Kent valley that have ok’d lots of warehousing, but won’t OK a truck stop or rest area.
Where do they think truck drivers are supposed to park and take rest breaks? They can’t merely levitate outside these facilities for hours on end. So we then end up with trucks parked on freeway off ramps and city streets, neither of which is a good thing, further reinforcing that negative perception and making it less likely to get an adequate facility.