Protesting truckers in DC appear to have finally received that they were looking for in the 20 day long protest outside of the White House. They were finally heard.
This morning, after 20 days of protesting on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. Mike Landis, founder of the United States Transportation Alliance (USTA) and Sergey “C.J.” Karman, founder and CEO of Ezlogz, reportedly met with Jim Mullen, the Deputy Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Mark Meadows, the Chief of Staff for the Administration and Derek Lyons, the White House Staff Secretary to discuss the plight of the American truck driver during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We broke it down to them, about transparency….what exactly we want,” said Karman, in a video posted on social media following the meeting. According to Karman, White House officials told the truckers that they have opened an official Department of Justice investigation into allegations of freight broker price gouging.
It was a hell of an experience. Ill say that,” Landis told the crowd of truckers after the meeting. “I am honored that me and C.J. got to go in there and represent you guys and the other 89.7 percent of this industry that they acknowledged in there, they understand now that, is not represented by the ATA, which is why they allowed us to come in there,” said Landis to cheers from the crowd.
According to the video, Landis and Karman say the White House is looking into ways to enforce the regulations in place to require transparency and asked the truckers to provide them with five sample contracts between a broker and shipper so they can review. Karman said they were also asked to provide three ideas on how to solve the issues.
Closing of the video, Landis spoke to the crowd.
“The President is on our side. He does not want us to be overrun,” said Landis. Landis said he does not consider the meeting a victory for the truckers, but says it is a step in the right direction.
“We won the battle, but we are still in a war, so lets go celebrate,” Landis ended the video. It is expected the drivers will stay one more day, and then depart Washington D.C. in the morning.