About ten days ago, I wrote a blog post article about a poor truck driver and his wife moving out of the low rent downtown apartment building where I live in Dickinson, to return to the state where they came from. When they moved in six months ago, back in May of 2018, they arrived with a thirty year old beat up car that they had borrowed from someone. The only progress they made financially during the past six months was being able to buy a twenty-five year old beat up pickup truck for about $2,000.
During the more than one hour drive that I have to and from work, and while I am at work, each day I hear on FM radio stations advertisements for truck drivers wanted in Dickinson, North Dakota, where the companies are offering sign-on bonuses of $3,000 to $6,000, and family health insurance plans.
How can it be, that even though this truck driver neighbor of mine worked long hours and I hardly ever saw him, how could this be that he and his wife were so poor? How could this be that when he lost his truck driving job in October, he was unable to get another truck driving job and had to return to the state where he came from?
This same exact thing that I saw happening ten days ago, where this truck driver and his wife who arrived here six months ago were moving out of the apartment building where I live in Dickinson, happened again two days ago. Another couple who arrived here six months ago, where the husband drives truck, they are moving to Bismarck.
I ask the readers to please stop and think about this, every day I hear on FM radio around Dickinson, advertisements from several different trucking companies about their immediate need for experienced truck drivers, where they offer competitive wages, anywhere from a $3,000 to $6,000 sign on bonus, and family health insurance plans. Why do poor truck drivers from out of state move here with their wives and belongings into the least expensive apartment they can find, to take a truck driving job in Dickinson, never appear to get ahead, and then leave Dickinson after six months?
These truck drivers leave Dickinson because they were lied to, and were misled. All out of state workers who arrive in Dickinson are treated like shit, both at work, and outside of work. If you are not from Dickinson, you are treated like a migrant worker. You will not receive fair treatment, or good treatment, the whole time you are here.
The companies in Dickinson, the Chamber of Commerce, and North Dakota job service will continue to put people on the radio talking about the great need for workers, the shortage of workers, and that companies are desperate for workers. Yes, they do need workers, because they treat everyone like shit, and they leave. This is why people will not come back to Dickinson to work.
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