Results of a survey of 1,600 fleets nationwide indicate that the practice of hiring lumpers (temporary workers employed to load and unload freight) is an economic reality. Lumpers are not employed by fleets, shippers, or receivers. And, it is illegal to force fleets and their drivers to hire lumpers; however, in recent history, drivers were physically coerced into hiring these workers. The article reports that lumpers are now necessary at pickup and deliveries 40 percent of the time. Survey information can help foster positive working relationships between carriers, shippers, receiving companies, and third-party loading/unloading companies. Lumper usage, average cost of service, annual costs to shippers, and benefits of using lumpers are discussed.

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    Chilton Company, Incorporated

    One Chilton Way
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19089
  • Authors:
    • DESMOND, P
  • Publication Date: 1994-5


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 56
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  • Accession Number: 00663118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1994 12:00AM