July 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, California – About 150 truck drivers walked off the job Monday July 7, 2014 at ports in Los Angeles, and Long Beach. Truckers are protesting their classification as independent contractors. The drivers work for Green Fleet, Total Transportation Services Inc. and Pacific 9 Transportation – three motor carriers who move major freight quantities for Walmart, Target and other retail giants. The protests have been backed by the Teamsters , ILA and others labor organizations.
Protests are continuing this week outside designated motor carriers near the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A week of labor protests and public striking by truckers has exemplified tensions between drayage drivers and the companies that contract truckers at the largest ports on the west coast. The National Labor Relations Board has investigated reports of retaliation firings and anti-union intimidation.
Picket lines are slowing trucks coming into the three terminals affected by protesters.
Demonstrators are cooperating with Port police and security to ensure safety of pedestrians. No one has been injured as a result of the demonstrations. This is the fourth work stoppage that port drivers have participated in during the last year with no indication that negotiations will be taking place.