SBTC President Issues Warning: “Prepare For Possible Supply Chain Emergency”
Little Rock, Arkansas – On the eve of the much-debated trucker shutdown organized by the social media group, Black Smoke Matters (BSM), the president of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) has issued new warnings to consumers along with federal regulators and policy makers.
James Lamb serves as president of the 15,000-member SBTC. In a statement sent to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) only 24 hours from the time the shutdown is scheduled to begin, Lamb is warning consumers to “err on the side of caution and prepare for a possible supply chain emergency ” because “anything less would be irresponsible.”
Lamb has both opposed the shutdown from the time it was announced and voiced his skepticism such a measure would be productive.
In a lengthy interview with TNN earlier this year, Lamb cautioned, “We’ve got to be careful how we actually air our grievances. The last thing we need is for people to be angry at us for something we’ve done to cause a crisis.”
Interestingly, the SBTC has been conducting an unscientific poll of its membership this week.
“One thing’s for sure, half of the drivers responding are pissed off… it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg will blow, and that should be the message to the Federal Government and American consumers.” – James Lamb, president of SBTC
On April 8, TNN reported the initial findings of the survey and it was surprising to many.
According to the SBTC, 50% of members who responded to the poll indicated they would be participating in the planned shutdown.
Lamb told TNN late Wednesday night that hundreds more members have responded to the survey since we first reported the results. The updated tally continues to reflect a 50/50 split among respondents.
“We really don’t know if the BSM strike is going to happen or not on Friday, and if so, how extensive it will be or how long it will last. However, half of the drivers responding to our poll are still reporting they are going to shut down,” Lamb divulged.
He elaborated on what he believes the results indicate.
“One thing’s for sure, half of the drivers responding are pissed off. We think it is fair to extrapolate that to America’s 3.5 million drivers. If we’re right, it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg will blow, and that should be the message to the Federal Government and American consumers.”
Will They Or Won’t They?
The question on the minds of many is, “Will the people who have pledged to support the shutdown actually do it?”
No one really knows the answer. Not even BSM leaders.
While Denney said he was “feeling good” about the shutdown’s chances for success, he did concede that as the protest has drawn closer, people who initially pledged to be onboard have begun to waffle and even back out.
“I just don’t think people have the backbone they should have as American citizens,” he said.
Even still, Denney is hopeful. “I am looking for a big turnout,” he commented.
“It Ain’t A One Day Shutdown”
In an interview with BSM leaders in January, Denney along with Lori Franklin, vice-president; and Bryan Hutchens, board member of legislation and compliance; discussed their goals for the shutdown and what they believed to be the biggest misconceptions.
It’s important to note, one of the misconceptions discussed in that interview continues to persist today.
“It ain’t a one day shutdown. It’s until whenever,” Denney told TNN.
Hutchens went even further. “We are prepared to stay (shutdown) for as long as it takes. It’s come to a point where drivers don’t feel like we have any options left,” he said.
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