September 13, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Los Angeles, CA – A federal judge has ordered the Korean shipping giant Hanjin to unload ships stranded at sea at the Port of Los Angeles due to its bankruptcy. Hanjin filed bankruptcy, leaving dozens of ships in limbo.
Workers from sailors to longshoremen to truck drivers and warehouse workers were left uncertain of whether or not they will be paid. to unload the ships.
One Hanjin ship was cleared to unload over the weekend. Labor leaders and some members of Congress are still calling for federal government intervention to protect supply chain workers and the national economy from being harmed by the Hanjin bankruptcy.
Patrcik Kelly is Teamsters 952 Secretary-Treasurer.
[Patrick Kelly]: "We hope to organize their drivers, now they're going out of business. And they're probably going to be acquired by whoever buys them. And there are a lot of things going on in the global trade area. There's the thirty percent over-capacity of shipping. And so there's gonna be a big shakeout. And this is part of it."