“What happened in 1980 that led to the transformation of trucking from a regulated industry with a willing workforce to a deregulated, dysfunctional mess whose workers bail after a year or less on the job? In the largest sense, the story of the progression from the 1935 act to the 1980 act is a story of the decentering of workers from liberalism’s concerns.” People can debate about the political forces that are driving the Ottawa convoy. But it’s impossible to discount the fact that the trucker protest in Canada and the trucker shortage in the U.S. are both connected by the same undercurrent that connects nearly every major rift. The widening economic divide. Harold Meyerson: Why Trucking Can’t Deliver the Goods.