Surviving the Long Haul — The Trials and Tribulations of Women in The Trucking Industry


Trucks move some 9.2 billion tons of freight annually in the United States, according to the industry’s trade group, the American Trucking Associations. That’s nearly 70 percent of the country’s total freight tonnage, making the trucking industry a critical backbone of American business, industry, and infrastructure. [SOURCE]

Truckers deliver the parts for your car, the merchandise that sits on your grocery store’s shelves, the food that’s on your plate at a restaurant, and, increasingly, the stuff you ordered online.

A report released earlier this year by the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that, in seasonally adjusted terms, trucks carried 36 percent more freight this March than they did in March 2000.

The people driving those trucks, however, are largely invisible to us. The few women in trucking—which is currently around 95 percent male, according to industry estimates—in particular, tell a dark story about what goes on.

Many of them describe a poisonous atmosphere where they’re subjected to on-the-job sexual harassment ranging from catcalling to rape.

A review of legal documents, as well as interviews with dozens of drivers, lawyers, and industry experts, reveals a broken structure of accountability that creates few incentives for taking their claims seriously and, in many cases, leaves women in danger.

This story at Mary Review is a long read albeit an appalling read – it’s a good read about an industry that’s slow to embrace women for their skills because they can’t ignore the endowments of their gender. Get the full read here.–>Surviving the Long Haul — Mary Review

In New Jersey Death Doesn’t Let Parents Off The Hook For Their Child’s Student Loans


Amid a haze of grief after her son’s unsolved murder last year, Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti faced an endless list of tasks — helping the police gain access to Kevin’s phone and email; canceling his subscriptions, credit cards and bank accounts; and arranging his burial in New Jersey.

And then there were the college loans.

When Ms. DeOliveira-Longinetti called about his federal loans, an administrator offered condolences and assured her the balance would be written off.

But she got a far different response from a New Jersey state agency that had also lent her son money.

Source: In New Jersey Student Loan Program, Even Death May Not Bring a Reprieve – The New York Times

Obama Administration’s Changes to Overtime Pay Will Increase Wages of Millions of American Workers


As of Tuesday, May 18th, 2016 the Obama Administration began finalizing new guidelines governing overtime pay in the U.S.The new guidelines will make millions of American workers eligible for overtime pay.

The rule says anyone who makes less than $47,476 per year must receive time-and-a-half pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours a week. That’s roughly double the current threshold of $23,660. Continue reading “Obama Administration’s Changes to Overtime Pay Will Increase Wages of Millions of American Workers”

Take a Closer Look Inside the Life of One of L.A.’s Most Famous Barbers


You know you’ve made your mark when you’re known simply as Vince the Barber.

Entirely self-made, he got his start in the 8th grade, cutting the hair of his basketball teammates.

Since then, he’s become a fixture in the L.A. landscape with his “Grind, hustle, stack,” way of life.

So it’s only fitting that his form of escape would be to drive out to the beach, play some basketball and just chill. Find out about his love for clean lines, sleek cars about how hitting the road is his Guilt Trip of choice. What’s yours?

Source: Take a Closer Look Inside the Life of One of L.A.’s Most Famous Barbers

Tips for Becoming a Better Writer From a Terrible Writer

I was a certified bad writer. I even had documentation to prove it.

Literally, legal documentation was ordered to confirm how terrible my skills were, I suppose, just in case anyone challenged this truth.

My parents, or the school, or somebody paid thousands of dollars to have me tested, and then I became a certified bad writer.

The document confirming my terrible skills was an individualized learning plan.Ironically, I would have admitted I sucked at writing for a lot cheaper, but nobody asked me! Whatever. We pay people to tell us what we already know every day, so no shame there.

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