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    Default Longhaul Sweatshops

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/09/op...hops.html?_r=0

    IT might seem like a good time to be a long-haul trucker: More than ever, the American economy relies on hundreds of thousands of 18-wheelers to move goods across the country. But the industry is in crisis, with drivers leaving in droves because of low pay and poor working conditions.

    A big part of the problem is that when it comes to long-haul trucking, the government’s focus has been almost entirely on road safety. That’s not a misplaced concern; highway accidents involving semis kill about 5,000 people per year. But it overlooks a critical concern: the well-being of the drivers themselves.

    We have inside knowledge of the trucking industry and the kinds of working conditions that truckers endure every day. One of us — Professor Balay — is a former long-haul trucker who does ethnographic research on blue-collar workers. The other, Professor Shattell, is a researcher and registered nurse who has studied the mental, physical and sexual health of truckers.

    And yet when it comes to the operation of those big machines, the federal government seems to have forgotten that there are actual people behind the wheel.
    Very interesting, right on article.

    It sort of reminds me of the book "Sweatshop on Wheels." I think I am going to track down a copy and reread. Maybe my library has a copy. I thought it was out of print.

    Both authors seem to have an "interesting" background. The book by Anne Steel Closets" sounds interesting too. Likely spin a few heads from some here.
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    Default Re: Longhaul Sweatshops

    Thanks triple R, I still use the library and will look up those titles.

 

 

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