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Biden will highlight truck industry investments at the White House event on Monday

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President and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg willTruck Action Plan,” which was presented last year. The plan focuses on “building supply chain resilience through better quality trucking jobs,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Emilie Simons told reporters on Sunday.

Monday’s event will include “some big trucks at the White House,” Simons said.

According to industry estimates, truckers move 72% of the US economy’s goods, but the Covid-19 pandemic has fueled a rise in labor shortages in the industry, with a trucking association CEO telling CNN last year that the sector is tight 80,000 drivers.

In response, the Biden administration’s Truck Action Plan last year introduced an increase in federal funding to expedite the issuance of commercial driver’s licenses, expanded efforts to outreach veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and established a joint inter-labor initiative – and the Department of Transport to expand recruitment and advocate for employees.

Maria Rodriquez, a trucking trainee, will speak about the expanded registered training program on Monday, Simons said. And former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy is expected to speak about the newly formed Task Force Industry and Veteran Service Organization to support veterans entering the trucking industry.

In a fact sheet released Sunday night, the White House said that since Biden took office, the administration has “borne the supply chain disruptions and price increases resulting from decades of lack of investment in the country’s commodity supply chain.”

But the tough working conditions for long-distance drivers in particular make it incredibly difficult to retain drivers, who often switch to other companies or leave the industry altogether.

The average annualized truck driver turnover rate at larger companies was 96% in the third quarter of last year, according to the American Trucking Associations, a trade group. For smaller carriers, the turnover rate was 73%.

The activity usually consists of multi-day trips where the driver spends the night away from home and sleeps in the truck’s cab. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage is $47,130 per year, which is higher than the median for all occupations.

However, long-distance drivers are typically paid per mile rather than per hour worked, and are also exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This means that drivers only earn money when they are actively driving and not when, for example, they are waiting for the freight to be ready for collection or while the truck is being loaded or unloaded.

Besides, it’s a dangerous job. Motorists are 10 times more likely to be killed on the job and nearly 9 times more likely to be injured on the job than the average worker, according to a Department of Commerce report based on 2015 data .

CNN’s Katie Lobosco contributed to this report.

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