Sweatshops on Wheels: Winners and Losers in Trucking Deregulation

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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Long hours, low wages, and unsafe workplaces characterized sweatshops a hundred years ago. These same conditions plague American trucking today.

Sweatshops on Wheels: Winners and Losers in Trucking Deregulation exposes the dark side of government deregulation in America's interstate trucking industry. In the years since deregulation in 1980, median earnings have dropped 30% and most long-haul truckers earn less than half of pre-regulation wages. Work weeks average more than sixty hours. Today, America's long-haul truckers are working harder and earning less than at any time during the last four decades.

Written by a former long-haul trucker who now teaches industrial relations at Wayne State University, Sweatshops on Wheels raises crucial questions about the legacy of trucking deregulation in America and casts provocative new light on the issue of government deregulation in general.

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The information in this book seems somewhat antiquated. For the old timer truckers however, this plays right into their "it ain't what it used to be" mentality. Today's old time truckers need to either except change, or make room for the young go getters who know exactly what today's industry is about, and ready to take it on....Teamsters? You've GOT to be kidding! 


A New Look at Competitive Forces
Two Decades of Decline
The Road from Institutional to Market Regulation
An Industry Transformed
Collective Bargaining Still Makes a Difference
Labor Market Failure and the Role of Institutions
What If the Rest of the World Looked Like Trucking?
Deregulation as Public Policy Competitions Winners and Losers

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About the author (2000)

Michael H. Belzer, a nationally-known expert on the trucking industry, is Associate Professor of Industrial Relations and Director of the Graduate Program in Industrial Relations at at Wayne State University and an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. He is currently conducting two major government-funded research programs on truck safety. Prior to earning his Ph.D. at Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he spent eight years as a Teamster driving a tank truck over-the-road.