Short on Drivers, Truckers Dangle Stock and 401(k)

The men gathered in front of the BZ Ballaz Club barbershop in a gritty, mostly Hispanic section of North Philadelphia were listening intently as Kimberly Cromer made her pitch for a career in long-haul trucking. ''Why pull $7 an hour cutting hair when you can make $19 an hour driving an 18-wheeler?'' Ms. Cromer said, handing the men a pamphlet in Spanish explaining the requirements for a federal commercial driver's license. ''Seriously guys, don't you want to get a job with a future and get out of this neighborhood to see the country?''

By IAN URBINA

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