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Negro Employment in Land and Air Transport
A Study of Racial Policies in the Railroad, Airline, Trucking, and Urban Transit Industries

Herbert R. Northrup, Howard W. Risher, Jr., and Richard D. Leone, and Philip W. Jeffress

704 pages | 6 x 9
Ebook 2018 | ISBN 9781512821116 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
This book is available under special arrangement from our European publishing partner De Gruyter.
An Anniversary Collection volume

The authors examine both past and current practices and policies influencing black employment in the railroad, airline, trucking, and urban transit industries. Technological unemployment, declining traffic, and discrimination by unions, carriers, and government agencies have reduced both the number and proportion of blacks in the railroad industry, which was once one of the nation's leading employers of blacks.

These, same railroading mores have affected black employment in airlines and urban transit in the past but today other forces are working to improve black representation in the former and leading to a heavily black work force in the latter. In the trucking industry, the Teamsters' Union and government policy are keys to Negro employment, with the union dragging its feet in supporting an increased number of black over-the-road drivers. A final section compares the situations in the four industries and forecasts future Negro employment trends in light of the most recent employment data, occupational needs, governmental policy, and other significant factors.

Herbert R. Northrup was Professor of Industry and Director of the Industrial Research Unit, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. Howard W. Risher, Jr., was Research Assistant at the Unit before entering industry. Richard D. Leone was Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Business Administration, Temple University. Philip W. Jeffress was Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance, Louisiana State University, New Orleans.

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