Thursday, April 21, 2011

Intended consequences............


 


















"When New York longshore leader Teddy Gleason warned
in 1959 that the container would eliminate 30 percent of his
union's jobs in New York, he was simply wrong: between
1963 and 1976 longshore hours in New York City fell by
three-quarters."

"Two types of freight appear to have filled those first
containers crossing the Atlantic:  whiskey on the west-
bound run, military goods to Europe on the voyage to
Europe.  Liquor exporters had long complained of huge
loses to theft on the docks, and convincing them to use
containers was not a hard sell."


















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