When President Ellen Voie of the Non-Profit “Women in Trucking” made the following comments in this workplace bullying documentary about female trucking students involved in a class action suit against one of her sponsor/members CRST Van Expedited “…just wanting to be in a lawsuit…”, it spoke volumes about the climate of victim blaming.
Since this video was first published 2 significant CRST Cases have emerged that Ellen Voie claimed to have no knowledge about because she had only spoken to her sponsors about the details. Later she went on to claim she had no access to Women of CRST which we found to be false. Tracy Hamm Tuttle , a former trainer and student of the carrier attempted to speak with Ms. Voie and even offered her ideas to effect change. The coversation was cut short, not further conversations were intitated but the ideas were apparently kept. Ms. Voie did try to discredit Desiree Wood to filmmaker Beverly Peterson but did not address her carrier/member sponsors for the training atmosphere that is commonly known as unprofessional for both genders except to begin promoting an anti-harassment document that is available only to top level corporate member/sponsors.
Workplace Bullying in truck driver training occurs in many forms because turnover benefits those who make a living from the student truck driver industry. For Women, this can be dangerous to their personal safety. The problem is well-known but only half heartedly addressed by corporate apoligists and those poorly trained in Human Resource matters to do anything more than shift blame to the student rather than the offenders.
In this video segment of Ronald Fletcher for the same Workplace Bullying Documentary one of the most frequently reported incidents for Women entering trucking is discussed.
Workplace Bullying in truck driver training is not limited to female students. Men are also subjected to intolerable treatment that include unsafe training situations, provocative remarks by trainers and dispatchers that seem to be meant to instigate rather than provide a healthly training atmosphere.
There is little about truck driver training that seems to make sense to those who believe in highway safety, and many do not make past one year in a system that has incredible turnover without accountabilty.
It is for each person entering CDL training with the hopes of having a new career to understand how workplace bullying is part of the business model to create turnover. By understanding this you can plan to avoid those aim to help you fail but claim otherwise.