The Teamsters Union: A Study of Its Economic Impact

The Teamsters Union: A Study of Its Economic Impact

The Teamsters Union: A Study of Its Economic Impact

The Teamsters Union: A Study of Its Economic Impact

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The opportunity to prepare a study of the Teamsters Union-- more formally known as International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America (IBT) -- offered a welcome challenge. While the literature of labor relations and trade unionism has been growing rapidly during the past two decades, and although many of the international and national unions have been subjected to thorough examination, there has as yet been no general analysis of the teamsters. A few studies in monograph form and many magazine articles and newspaper accounts devoted to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have appeared. But the former have had a scope limited to a specific geographical region or one phase of union activity and most of the latter have been concerned with matters of purely current interest and have not endeavored to place incidents and events in their proper perspective.

I have attempted to bring into focus all the varied and important effects of the impact of the Teamsters Union on the national economy. The task was difficult because of the complex nature of many of the problems faced by the union and because of the intricate internal and external structural relationships characteristic of the teamsters organization. There are only a few men in the union who are fully aware of the many aspects of the problems which the teamsters must meet and who are willing to discuss these matters.

Data which would be useful in resolving specific questions are frequently lacking. Thus it is not possible to make any reliable estimates of productivity changes in the trucking industry . . .

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