I think you should do better research. The nail in the coffin were rulings by the ICC that reduced the federal oversight of trucking. The airline industry was then deregulated. President Carter urged Congress to further deregulate trucking; it passed the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (MCA 1980), which severely limited the ICC’s authority over the industry.The rest of the country should have fixed that decades ago....no wonder the funds collapse.
My primary objection to your suggestions is they are unrealistic. $ 0.64875 is the current mileage rate for van trailers. Do truly believe that pulling twin should pay $1.2975? And triples should pay $1.94625? That is NEVER going to occur.I get that.
But knowing that the reduction due to closings is a problem and that the funds need contributors it would be a good idea to get and keep what you can. Even after all the closings, it isn't hard to figure out that bigger trailers and multiple trailers are for reduction of employees. That means even less contributions. And as the wider and longer and multiple trailers became legal.. it should have been seen as a place where we should do something to make up for the already huge loss of members.
And should be seen that way today.
When our funds rely on contributions...then we better have some....automation is on the horizon...then what?
The company looks at cutting us as more profits and savings... And looks at bigger and multiple trailers as a way to cut.
If they make more money with them in most parts of the nation...them we should say we are pulling more...you can have that....but you cannot have it at the cost of one pension contribution nor one guys pay rate.
You're getting things there faster...you can have that......but not all the rest.
Your service might improve and make you more money....but you can't have it all. We get some. More our share.
Service and quality was the benefit of regulation...there was still competition.
Cheap doesn't equal quality...it just equals cheap