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Truck Drivers May Strike Tuesday

Diesel prices hit an all time high in Little Rock this week. The average price for a gallon of diesel is now $3.90 according to AAA. The cost has many truck drivers thinking about going on strike.
Diesel prices hit an all time high in Little Rock this week.  The average price for a gallon of diesel is now $3.90 according to AAA.  The cost has many truck drivers thinking about going on strike.  Two emails sent to FOX16 from truckers give two dates for a possible strike.  One says a strike is set for this Tuesday, April 1.  The other says the boycott is May 1. 

Confusion about whether a trucking strike will actually happen doesn't phase Richard Burns.

"When they decide to go on strike, I'm one of the drivers that's gonna stop.  I'm going home for that," says Burns.

Burns says as an owner operator, high fuel prices have forced him to think about getting out of the business.  "Everyday I think about that, but I've been doing this for 20 years and I'm 53 years old.  Ain't too much I'm going to be able to do."

Butch Street drives for a company with 120 drivers.  He has doubts a strike will even happen.  "It's not like it was back when I was younger, started off and everything.  There's not that many of them that get a long that much anymore.  It's getting to be a rat race," says Street.

A lot of the big companies set up deals with gas stations so they can get cheaper fuel, but for the owner operators, all the money they're spending on fuel comes out of their own pockets.  Even if the strike doesn't happen, Burns says the long hours are all worth it for his sons and daughter.

"They go to a private school, but I'm trying to make a sacrifice so that they could have it a little bit better so they don't have to work as hard as I do. So I don't mind making that sacrifice, but I can't keep doing it if they keep cutting into what I take home to take care of my family," says Burns.

There is no definite answer on this possible strike.  Word is being spread through radio and the web.
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