Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will host a celebration
Nov. 14 commemorating the 30th anniversary of the formation
of the national trade association for professional truckers. The
celebration will also equally highlight the association’s recent
milestone of surpassing 100,000 members and pay tribute to the many
truckers who contributed to OOIDA’s growth and development.
was formed in 1973 during the height of the Arab oil embargoes,
which had nearly shut down the trucking industry and crippled the
nation. Determined to give professional truckers a voice in legislative
and regulatory processes at federal and state levels, OOIDA is now
the only national trade association dedicated to the rights of truckers.
A not-for-profit organization, OOIDA is composed of more than 102,000
owner-operators, professional drivers and small-business truckers
from all 50 states and Canada. OOIDA’s membership represents more
than 150,000 trucks. It is directed by three permanent executive
officers and a 21-person board of directors, most of whom are active
truckers elected by the general membership.
the years, OOIDA has achieved significant success in carrying out
its mission of representing truckers and unifying the driver segment
of the trucking industry. Some of those successes have included
a number of high-profile court cases against states and motor carriers
for violations of truckers’ rights and federal regulations. The
judgments in some court actions have resulted in the return of millions
of dollars illegally collected from large numbers of truckers over
a period of years. OOIDA has also motivated several important landmark
federal regulations and pieces of legislation to protect the interests
of small-business truckers and blocked many that were considered
unconstitutional or discriminatory to drivers. Through its OOIDA
Foundation, the association undertakes in-depth industry research
and serves on many national and international educational, research
and scientific panels dealing with the trucking industry.
celebration will be held at OOIDA’s national headquarters in Grain
Valley, MO, east of downtown Kansas City. A number of national,
state and local political figures are scheduled to attend and speak
at the event, as well as representatives from industry groups, media,
past and present board members, members and employees. Also speaking
will be OOIDA President Jim Johnston, who helped create OOIDA and
has led the association for nearly its entire existence. In addition
to the 30-year and 100,000-member milestones, Johnston will use
the event to dedicate the new 40,000-square-foot building expansion
to the headquarters.
employs approximately 230 people who coordinate its lobbying efforts
and administer the member benefits it offers, such as comprehensive
truck insurance, medical benefits and a variety of business services
for the small-business trucker.