April 27, 2009: Attorney Paul Taylor of the Truckers’ Justice Center says that it is time to replace the appointees to the Administrative Review Board (ARB), and that Labor Secretary Hilda Solís should act quickly. You can help make it happen.
The ARB functions as an “appeals court” for whistleblowers, including truck drivers who are punished for refusing to drive in unsafe conditions or vehicles.
Taylor says that “The Bush/Chao ARB has been hostile to whistleblowers, issuing outrageous decisions which have devastated protections for truck drivers who refused to drive while fatigued, and holding that truck drivers are not protected when "red-tagging" unsafe vehicles.”
Labor Secretary Solís has the power to appoint new members of the ARB without Senate confirmation. Numerous qualified experts have already interviewed for the positions. However, it has been seven weeks since Secretary Solís' confirmation and we still do not have a new ARB.
You can get more info and can make your voice heard by going to the National Whistleblowers Center: www.whistleblowers.org