Dear Editor,I agree with the points raised in your editorial comment in the July Truck News.However, one other point could have been raised to put the Teamsters' ill-conceived position in perspective....
I agree with the points raised in your editorial comment in the July Truck News.
However, one other point could have been raised to put the Teamsters’ ill-conceived position in perspective. It is that unions benefit through increased revenues from any policy which increases employment. By reducing the workweek, more drivers will be required to accomplish the same work, especially in the short-haul sector. At $50 per month per driver, it adds up for the unions. Plus, the unionized companies tend to be the big ones, and they tend to respect the HOS regulations.
But the short-sightedness of their position comes in the long-haul sector, where additional drivers are just not available to fill the vacuum that would be created by the Teamster position. You would think that a union whose fate is so inextricably intertwined with that of our industry would be able to put aside short-term considerations to support measures that ensure the survival of the hand which feeds it.
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