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5112788501_s03
Rights Managed
  • Owner: NBC News
  • Clip Name: 5112788501_s03
  • Date: 12/3/77
  • Title: WEEKEND: LONG HAUL TRUCKING AND THE AMERICAN DREAM-PART 1
  • Production Unit: Wknd
  • Media Type: AS
  • Media ID: M771203
  • Ardome ID: 1100100713739734422
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  • Duration: 00:13:46;00
  • Era: 1970s
  • Personalities: Spencer, Tod;Archer, Jim;Shrindel, Gene;Amos, Melvin
  • Short Description: WEEKEND: LONG HAUL TRUCKING AND THE AMERICAN DREAM-PART 1
  • Comments: Acc #: 355743;Edited;Film to Tape;Reviewer: LC;Created By: JLM;
  • Long Description:
    11:50:56 REPORT (FIRST OF TWO PARTS) ON THE DIFFICULTIES INDIVIDUAL OWNER-OPERATORS OF LONG-HAUL TRUCKS SUFFER CONTENDING WITH THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION AND THE TEAMSTERS UNION AS WELL AS THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY ITSELF. FOR EXAMPLE TO TRANSPORT ICC-REGULATED CARGO AN INDIVIDUAL TRUCKER MUST OFTEN LEASE HIS TRUCK TO A LARGER TRUCK LINE. TRUCK DRIVER SEEN TALKING ON CB RADIO; TRUCKER ON PHONE SOLICITING BUSINESS. INDEPENDENT TRUCKER TOD SPENCER EXPLAINS: AN OWNER-OPERATOR HAULS THINGS THAT HAVE TO BE THERE AND HAVE TO BE ON TIME; HE HAULS THEM EVERYWHERE; HE MAKES ALL POINTS AND HE GETS THERE AND HES DEPENDABLE; IF YOU WANT TO WORK HARD AND TRY TO BETTER YOURSELF THERE IS THAT OPPORTUNITY... ITS KIND OF LIKE THE CARDS ARE STACKED AGAINST US; WE HAVE NO BARGAINING POWER OVER RATES OR ANYTHING; ALL THE LEASES ARE TERRIBLE. INDEPENDENT TRUCKER JIM ARCHER: THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF (BY LARGE TRUCK LINES). INDEPENDENT TRUCKER GENE SHRINDEL: THE MAJORITY OF COMPANIES (ILLEGALLY) SKIM FROM THEIR OWNER-OPERATORS. DISCUSSED AND POSSIBLY ILLUSTRATED: DAVE RATNERS COMPANY NAVAJO FREIGHT LINES WAS PROVEN TO HAVE BEEN SKIMMING; RATNERS BROTHER MILT OWNS MIDWEST EMORY FREIGHT AND HAD AGREED TO AN INTERVIEW BUT THEN SUDDENLY BECAME UNAVAILABLE. INDEPENDENT TRUCKER MELVIN AMOS (WHO BELIEVES RATNER DEFRAUDED HIM): RATNER IS A WEALTHY MAN... THE FIRST CHECK I GOT WAS FOR TWENTY-NINE-CENTS FOR THREE WEEKS OF WORK; OVER A TWO YEAR PERIOD A DRIVER WOULD BRING IN CLOSE TO $100000 (FOR RATNER) BUT WAS PAID 12000 DOLLARS; (AFTER I WRECKED MY TRAILER) OUT OF THE $9000 CHECK (PAID BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY) I GOT $160.
    D3 AND BETA SP XFER
    AVAILABLE ON FILM: AIR PIX & TRK
    Producers: NBC

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