Getting the Goods: Ports, Labor, and the Logistics Revolution

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In Getting the Goods, Edna Bonacich and Jake B. Wilson focus on the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach―which together receive 40 percent of the nearly $2 trillion worth of goods imported annually to the United States―to examine the impact of the logistics revolution on workers in transportation and distribution. Built around the invention of shipping containers and communications technology, the logistics revolution has enabled giant retailers like Walmart and Target to sell cheap consumer products made using low-wage labor in developing countries. The goods are shipped through an efficient, low-cost, intermodal freight system, in which containers are moved from factories in Asia to distribution centers across the United States without ever being opened.

Bonacich and Wilson follow the flow of imports from Asian factories, exploring the roles of importers, container shipping companies, the ports, railroad and trucking companies, and warehouses. At each stage, Getting the Goods raises important questions about how the logistics revolution affects logistics workers. Drawing extensively on interviews with workers and managers at all levels of the supply chain, on industry reports, and on economic data, Bonacich and Wilson find that, in general, conditions have deteriorated for workers. But they also discover that changes in the system of production and distribution provide new strategic opportunities for labor to gain power. A much-needed corrective to both uncritical celebrations of containerization and the global economy and pessimistic predictions about the future of the U.S. labor movement, Getting the Goods will become required reading for scholars and students in sociology, political economy, and labor studies.

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"In Getting the Goods, Edna Bonacich and Jake B. Wilson analyze a weak spot in global capitalism, a fragile point that organizers might target in order to redress the shortcomings of this economic system; but this political agenda is briefly described and the authors' tone objective. This book also contains a wealth of information about container ports, sea carriers, land carriers, and warehouses. The reader can feel the pulse of each type of activity, feel as if he or she is with the authors as they talk to the key people involved; the interviews in Getting the Goods are first rate, vivid and alive."-Gary G. Hamilton, University of Washington

About the Author:

Edna Bonacich is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the coauthor of Behind the Label, The New Asian Immigration in Los Angeles and Global Restructuring, and Global Production. Jake B. Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside.

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