May 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport, charging that it unfairly misclassified its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters union charged that IBT was denying that the drivers were employees to prevent them from unionizing. “The complaint will lead to an historic trial where for the first time a judge will determine whether the act of misclassifying drivers in and of itself violates the National Labor Relations Act,” said Julie Gutman Dickinson, attorney for the Teamsters Port Division. The union also alleged that IBT supervisors questioned drivers about their support for the Teamsters, promised them more work if they dropped out of union activities, and threatened to close the company’s port facilities if the drivers voted to form a union. Read more