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Report: Swift Doles Out Big Surprise to Tour Truckers

Singer is said to have paid each trucker on Eras Tour a $100K bonus

(Newser) - Taylor Swift isn't only having a seismic effect on the cities she performs in—she's also having an earthshaking impact on the wallets of truckers hauling her gear for her Eras Tour. The 33-year-old star performed at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Saturday, and TMZ...

Trucker Protest Brings Busy US Port to a Standstill

Independent truckers at Oakland are protesting California labor law

(Newser) - Truckers protesting a state labor law have effectively shut down cargo operations at California's Port of Oakland, it was announced Wednesday. "The shutdown will further exacerbate the congestion of containers" and port officials are urging operations at shipping terminals to resume, a port statement said. The protest that...

'People's Convoy' Gets a Messy Calif. Welcome

Trucks were pelted with eggs when they showed up in Oakland

(Newser) - Over the past few weeks, the "People's Convoy" of protesters pushing back against COVID mandates has been making its way back from Washington, DC to California. And on Friday it found itself in Oakland, though the welcoming committee there likely wasn't what drivers expected. Per the Sacramento ...

At US-Mexico Border, Truckers Block Bridges in Protest

This time it's Mexican truckers, upset over Texas governor's inspections order that's slowing traffic

(Newser) - There's a new trucker protest underway, this time along the US southern border. Reuters reports that big-rig drivers from Mexico have been blocking bridges leading in and out of Texas for days, a protest against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's recent mandate that officials carry out vehicle safety inspections...

Truckers Exist Under Watchful Eyes in a 'Keg of Dynamite'

Automation, poor work conditions have turned industry into 'dystopian nightmare,' per 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - The trucker convoys that overtook Canadian and American cities , led by drivers upset about vaccine mandates and COVID restrictions, may have seemed to emerge out of nowhere. Not to actual truckers, though, who tell Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein that such requirements were simply the "straw that broke the camel's back"...

'Still-Fluid Situation' as Convoys Converge on DC
America's Own Convoys
Bear Down on Nation's Capital

America's Own Convoys Bear Down on Nation's Capital

Multiple convoys protesting COVID mandates and restrictions are converging on DC this weekend

(Newser) - The Canadian trucker convoy may be over , but American versions are now in full swing, and they could snarl traffic this weekend in and around their ending point of the nation's capital. The convoys, anti-COVID mandate/restriction processions that are converging from various locales, are set to arrive in and...

DC Prepares for Trucker Convoys
Head for DC

Truckers Head for DC

Unarmed National Guard troops are authorized to help when protesters arrive

(Newser) - Truckers are hitting the road for Washington to stage protests similar to the ones that shut down parts of Canada's capital . Members of the convoys, largely opposing pandemic restrictions, were leaving from various places and planned varied arrivals in DC, the Guardian reports. One group, which planned to leave...

Report: MyPillow CEO Couldn't Enter Canada With Pillows

After truck with 10K pillows refused entry, Mike Lindell says he'll drop them by parachute

(Newser) - It started with an announcement over the weekend. "All of our employees are busy making pillows right now for the truckers in Canada," MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell declared on Saturday, relaying his plans to try to get his company's wares through to those protesting anti-vaccine mandates and...

Police Clear Bridge Ahead of Reopening

Windsor's mayor says 'economic crisis' is ending

(Newser) - Police on the Canadian side of the Ambassador Bridge arrested protesters and towed vehicles Sunday after Windsor's mayor said the "national economic crisis" is ending. "Border crossings will reopen when it is safe to do so," said Mayor Drew Dilkens, who added that the timing is...

Mandate Protesters, Police Clash on Champs-Elysees

Demonstrators barred from Paris broke through city's defenses

(Newser) - In the first significant European demonstration inspired by the anti-mandate truck convoy in Canada, protesters rolled into Paris on Saturday, blocking the Champs-Elysees until police were able to disperse them. Officers used tear gas and clashed with the protesters, who had violated a government order to stay out of the...

Cops Show Up at Dawn at Ambassador Bridge

Trucker protest seemed to dissolve peacefully as police moved in to enforce injunction

(Newser) - A tense standoff at a US-Canadian border crossing crucial to both countries' economies appeared to be dissolving peacefully Saturday as Canadian police moved in to disperse the nearly weeklong blockade, and demonstrators began leaving without resistance. Many protesters drove away from the Ambassador Bridge spanning the river between Detroit and...

Ontario Judge Orders Truckers to End Blockade of Bridge

Premier declares state of emergency in the province

(Newser) - Updated: This file has been updated with the injunction issued in Ontario. After nearly two full weeks of protests in Ottawa and other Canadian cities, Ontario's premier has a message for the protesters. "It's time to end these occupations and go home," Doug Ford said in...

US Urges Canada to End Bridge Blockade

Trudeau is willing to 'respond with whatever it takes' to end COVID protests

(Newser) - The Biden administration urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government Thursday to use its federal powers to end the truck blockade by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions, as the bumper-to-bumper demonstration forced auto plants on both sides of the border to shut down or scale back production. For...

Trucker Blockade Hits Auto Industry in US, Canada
Canada Calls
Border Blockade
'Very Grave'

Canada Calls Border Blockade 'Very Grave'

Ford says auto industry is suffering

(Newser) - Protesters are continuing to blockade North America's busiest border crossing—and the auto industry is starting to suffer. The Ambassador Bridge, which carries around 25% of the traffic between the US and Canada, has been blocked for days by protesters—most of them in pickup trucks but some in...

Canada's Trucker Protest Inspires a Copycat

Vehicles clog streets near Parliament in New Zealand

(Newser) - The Canadian trucker protest over COVID rules shows no sign of letting up, and it's now inspired a copycat protest in New Zealand. NDTV reports that trucks and campervans clogged streets near Parliament in Wellington on Tuesday. Protesters in the vehicles and on foot objected to vaccine mandates and...

As Canada's Truckers Fight Vax Mandate, Musk Picks Sides

'Canadian truckers rule' was Tesla CEO's tweet as drivers headed to Ottawa protest

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been inserting himself lately into conversations about crypto , but the Tesla and SpaceX CEO shifted gears late in the week to lend support to an entirely different cause. "Canadian truckers rule" was his thumbs-up tweet Thursday, directed toward big-rig drivers headed toward Ottawa for an anti-vaccine...

The Average Truck Driver Is 54. Enter the Teens

California high school training program among the first of its kind

(Newser) - They have fewer years of experience on this planet than the number of wheels on the truck. But that's not stopping California high school students from learning how to drive an 18-wheeler—an opportunity that might help resolve a purported shortage of truck drivers . Patterson High School is one...

Cops Solve Mystery of 21 Tons of Missing Nuts

Trucker allegedly pilfered 42K pounds of pistachios in California

(Newser) - The Touchstone Pistachio company of California reached out to police with an unusual plea: Somebody stole our nuts. Like, a lot of nuts. An audit turned up 42,000 pounds of missing pistachios, reports the Sacramento Bee . Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office have since arrested a California...

British Troops Work to Clear 4K Trucks

Drivers have been living in their cabs since France briefly shut its border over new virus strain

(Newser) - Around 1,000 British soldiers were spending Christmas Day trying to clear a huge backlog of truck drivers stuck in southeast England after France briefly closed its border to the UK, then demanded coronavirus tests from all amid fears of a new coronavirus variant. Even though an estimated 4,000...

Frustration Grows for Truckers Trying to Get Home for Holiday

Drivers scuffle with cops in Dover as France keeps them out due to COVID variant

(Newser) - In an attempt to slow down the "out of control" spread of a new coronavirus variant in the UK, various EU nations had banned travel from the island nation. That's now led to a backlog of truckers in the port city of Dover who want to get to...

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