Friday, June 05, 2020

ATA joins national initiative to address inequality of opportunity

Today, the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA) announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity.

ATA will join the U.S. Chamber’s national town hall event on June 25 where business and community leaders will discuss concrete actions that can be taken by government and private sectors to address inequality through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform. As a partner for this important initiative, ATA will also actively create local and industry dialogues to further the discussion.

“The trucking industry and the people in it, have an immense opportunity and obligation to positively influence equality and take an actionable stand against social injustice and racism,” said Alabama Trucking Association President and CEO Mark Colson. “Taking action comes in many forms: changing practices, making sacrifices, and listening to understand. Hundreds of thousands of Black Americans proudly work in the trucking industry and now is the time for action.”

This national initiative will build on the work already undertaken by ATA to fight injustice and abuse exemplified in the partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking, which has rescued thousands of human trafficking victims and brought justice to their abusers.

“The moral case for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace is indisputable, and there’s overwhelming evidence that greater diversity benefits the American economy, businesses, communities and employees,” said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark. “We are proud to partner with the Alabama Trucking Association on this initiative and help develop a robust plan of action.”


About Alabama Trucking Association

The Alabama Trucking Association (ATA) has served the needs and promoted Alabama’s trucking industry since 1938 through advocacy, training, and the successful implementation of programs including the ATA Comp Fund, the ATA Safety & Maintenance Management Council, TRUK PAC, and the ATA Foundation. ATA is a proud member of the 50-state federation of the American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. For more information visit