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‘Indentured servitude’: low pay and grueling conditions fueling US truck driver shortage

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Long hours and poor working conditions have aggravated a ‘driver retention problem’ worsening the supply chain crisis At Joe’s Travel Plaza, a neon-lit rest stop on California’s main interstate highway, truckers can get a brief respite from life on the road. There’s a TV lounge, a laundry room and a free shower if you buy at least 75 gallons of fuel. There’s even a pair of massage chairs in the corner. But drivers here are worried about the future. The supply chain crisis roiling the US has inevitably drawn them in, with a shortage of drivers being blamed for containers idling in ports and packages being delayed for months.
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