American Logistics Archive

BREAKING: Federal judge blocks TPS deportations after 64 arrested at Port of LA!

PRESS ADVISORY FOR: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONTACT:

Hours after mass civil disobedience at Port of LA highlightingTPS crisis…

Federal judge blocks federal government from deporting hundreds of thousands of immigrants in US legally on TPS program

PORT OF LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, supporters of striking port drivers and warehouse workers took defiant action to protest the illegal and exploitative working conditions at America’s largest port complex – and to call attention to the looming crisis at the Ports with the cancellation of the “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS) program, which – if not resolved – will result in the deportation of approximately 1,400 port truck drivers. Even more drivers beyond the ports will likely be affected, including intermodal rail drivers that move containers to and from rail yards near the ports.

64 immigrant rights activists, labor leaders, and members of the clergy sat down at the busy intersection of South Figueroa Street and West Harry Bridges Boulevard at the Port of Los Angeles and were arrested when they quietly refused to get up.

“I am really happy that the court has blocked the government from deporting port truck drivers like me who have been here legally, played by the rules, and developed deep roots here in this great country. I am thankful to the Teamsters and community groups who have supported. I am hopeful that with such support my family will not be separated and I’ll be able to keep providing for them,” said Cesar Rodriguez, a 46 year old father of five from El Salvador, who immigrated to America 21 years ago with his wife to escape the violence in his home country and has been living here legally pursuant to the TPS program. Cesar is misclassified by his employer, XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO), and went on strike Monday morning to demand his employee rights.

Background

Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been challenging their misclassification as “independent contractors” and exercising their rights as employees by engaging in collective action in the courts, in their truck yards, and at the ports – including 15 strikes in the last five years. It is estimated that there have been legal misclassification claims pursued on behalf of at least half of the misclassified drivers at America’s largest port complex, either by drivers filing individual wage claims or being part of class action lawsuits. Upon investigating the facts, multiple agencies and courts at both the state and federal levels have determined that drivers are, in fact, employees and therefore protected by employment and labor laws. Read more

XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is a global logistics company with revenue in excess of $15 billion. XPO Port Services, which specializes in moving goods to and from the ports, and XPO Cartage, which moves goods to nearby intermodal rail yards, are together among the top trucking companies servicing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. There are approximately 280 alleged misclassified drivers working for both companies in their LA-area locations and about 160 additional drivers in XPO Cartage’s San Diego facility. XPO and its subsidiaries are facing multiple legal and enforcement agency actions for alleged wage theft due to misclassification of their drivers as independent contractors. Read more

NFI Industries is one of the largest goods movement companies in America, with warehouses and port trucking operations across the U.S. In 2017, NFI purchased the California Cartage family of companies, which were – and continue to be – the largest drayage and warehousing operating at the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach.

The NFI/Cal Cartage family of companies includes five major trucking operations at the Ports of LA and Long Beach. The four largest – K&R Transportation California LLC; Cal Cartage Transportation LLC, Container Freight Transportation LLC, and CMI Transportation LLC – have been facing multiple claims in the courts and government agencies for misclassifying their drivers. Combined, more than 600 alleged misclassified drivers work for these companies. Cal Cartage Container Freight Station in Wilmington is a warehouse and freight center on Port of LA property and employs approximately 500 workers, with 40-50 percent of the workforce being employed through a temp agency. The company has been cited for serious health and safety violations twice in the past three years, and workers face serious retaliation resulting in unfair labor practices charges and five strikes. Read more

 

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Media Round Up #PortStrike October 2018

Press Releases

Articles

October 4, 2018

October 3, 2018

October 1, 2018

September 27, 2018

Striking Port Drivers with TPS Threatened by Cancellation Rally at Port of LA

Justice for Port Truck Drivers | Teamsters | Working Families United | NDLON | CARACEN

Press Advisory

PRESS CONTACT:

Wednesday, Oct. 3 starting at 8:30 am Downtown LA

Striking Port Drivers with TPS Threatened by Cancellation to Surround LA Detention Center on 3rd Day of Strike, Rally at Port of LA for Permanent Protections

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Detention Center will be surrounded by a convoy of half dozen tractor-trailers driven by members of the Teamsters union in support of port truck drivers and others threatened by deportation if the courts don’t stop the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Congress doesn’t act to pass permanent protections.

Thousands of port truck drivers across America who haul containers on and off the docks of seaports and railyards are among the 300,000 workers with TPS demanding action for permanent protections and a path to citizenship.

On Wednesday, October 3, they will demonstrate the contribution they make to this country and the urgency with which they need Congress to act to address and resolve this crisis.

After rallying at the downtown detention center, the drivers will caravan down the 110 Freeway to the Port of LA’s Wilmington Waterfront Park, where they will hold a rally on the third day of their strike.

ACTION #1

What: Tractor Trailer Caravan Around the LA Detention Center

When: 8:30 am, October 3, 2018

Where: LA Metropolitan Detention Center, 535 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Who: Striking port truck drivers, including many threatened with deportation because of the revocation of their status in the TPS program, striking warehouse workers, Teamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network

ACTION #2

What: Rally at the Ports to Support Striking Drivers, Demand Action on TPS

When: 11:00 am, October 3rd, 2018

Where: Wilmington Waterfront Park, W. C Street, Wilmington, CA 90744 (at N. Wilmington Blvd.)

Who: Teamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)

Background

Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been challenging their misclassification as “independent contractors” and exercising their rights as employees by engaging in collective action in the courts, in their truck yards, and at the ports – including 15 strikes in the last five years. It is estimated that there have been legal misclassification claims pursued on behalf of at least half of the misclassified drivers at America’s largest port complex, either by drivers filing individual wage claims or being part of class action lawsuits. Upon investigating the facts, multiple agencies and courts at both the state and federal levels have determined that drivers are, in fact, employees and therefore protected by employment and labor laws. Read more

XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is a global logistics company with revenue in excess of $15 billion. XPO Port Services, which specializes in moving goods to and from the ports, and XPO Cartage, which moves goods to nearby intermodal rail yards, are together among the top trucking companies servicing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. There are approximately 280 alleged misclassified drivers working for both companies in their LA-area locations and about 160 additional drivers in XPO Cartage’s San Diego facility. XPO and its subsidiaries are facing multiple legal and enforcement agency actions for alleged wage theft due to misclassification of their drivers as independent contractors. Read more

NFI Industries is one of the largest goods movement companies in America, with warehouses and port trucking operations across the U.S. In 2017, NFI purchased the California Cartage family of companies, which were – and continue to be – the largest drayage and warehousing operating at the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach.

The NFI/Cal Cartage family of companies includes five major trucking operations at the Ports of LA and Long Beach. The four largest – K&R Transportation California LLC; Cal Cartage Transportation LLC, Container Freight Transportation LLC, and CMI Transportation LLC – have been facing multiple claims in the courts and government agencies for misclassifying their drivers. Combined, more than 600 alleged misclassified drivers work for these companies. Cal Cartage Container Freight Station in Wilmington is a warehouse and freight center on Port of LA property and employs approximately 500 workers, with 40-50 percent of the workforce being employed through a temp agency. The company has been cited for serious health and safety violations twice in the past three years, and workers face serious retaliation resulting in unfair labor practices charges and five strikes. Read more

 

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Striking XPO port driver awarded >$100k for wage theft; rally with striking XPO port drivers

Today at 12:30pm PST in Commerce, CA

RALLY WITH STRIKING XPO PORT TRUCK DRIVERS

PRESS CONTACTS:

Media contact: Anna Susman,anna.susman@berlinrosen.com

On the ground contact: Kara Deniz,kdeniz@teamster.org

Justice for Port Drivers: Barb Maynard, Justice for Port Drivers, barb@actnowstrategies.com

PRESS ADVISORY FOR: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES – Port truck drivers for XPO Logistics on strike will be holding a rally today to demand an end to the rampant abuse they face on the job every day. The action comes after hundreds of port truck drivers across the city from XPO Logistics Inc, as well as NFI Industries, walked off the job on Monday.

Late Monday, the first day of the strike, striking XPO port truck driver Rodolfo Dominguez received news that the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) ruled that he is in fact misclassified as an independent contractor. As a result, XPO owes him $123,074 for the work period of April 30, 2016, to January 29, 2018 (the hearing date). Click here to read the DLSE’s Order, Decision, or Award of Labor Commissioner (ODA).

WHO: Striking XPO port truck drivers, including Rodolfo Dominguez; Teamsters

WHEN: Tuesday October 2, 2018; 12:30pm PT

WHERE: XPO Commerce, 5800 E. Sheila St., Commerce, CA 90040

XPO Logistics is a $15 billion company whose clients include Amazon.com Inc., Toyota Motor Corp., Puma and other major brands around the world. Port truck drivers from the company say they’re calling on executives to treat employees fairly and end the practice of misclassification and retaliation. Nearly 90 percent of all port truck drivers are classified by their carriers as independent contractors.

BACKGROUND:

Port truck drivers for XPO have been challenging their misclassification as “independent contractors” and exercising their rights as employees by engaging in collective action in the courts, in their truck yards, and at the ports – including 15 strikes in the last five years.

The drivers say that they are improperly labeled “independent contractors” despite the fact they cannot drive for any other company but XPO. As a result, drivers do not receive health insurance, unemployment insurance, access to Employment Development Department (EDD), worker’s compensation, or any employment protection granted to a W2 employee. This label also allows XPO greater room to commit wage theft and fire workers who practice their right to organize.

The news comes as XPO workers across the country in warehouses and other occupations have been speaking out about the terrible workplace conditions. Last month, workers in Memphis filed a complaint with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) detailing instances of extreme heat leading to dizziness, dehydration and fainting, prompting the agency to begin an investigation at the warehouse. In June, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation after two workers were crushed to death at an XPO Logistics warehouse in Lockport, New York. October 2017 saw the tragic death of XPO worker Linda Neal, after her supervisor denied her request to leave and seek medical attention from a doctor or take a break when she repeatedly expressed not feeling well.

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Amazon & Toyota contracted port drivers & warehouse workers ON STRIKE from LA to San Diego

PRESS ADVISORY: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

PRESS CONTACT:

LA/Long Beach Port Truck Drivers and Warehouse Workers Launch 16th Strike in Five Years; Striking Workers To Call On Company Customers, Including Toyota & Amazon, to Use Their Market Power to Rid the U.S. Supply Chain of “Indentured Servitude” 

PORTS OF LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, CA – Port drivers and warehouse workers at the gateway of the U.S. supply chain will carry out a series of escalating strikes and actions to build worker power and expose a crooked industry that has been built on exploitation, wage theft, and discrimination. This is port workers’ 16th strike in five years – a clear indication that, despite the unwillingness of America’s largest port complex to ban law-breaking trucking and warehouse companies from doing business on public property – port drivers and warehouse workers will not recede into the shadows and accept the rampant abuse and illegal working conditions they have endured and contested for decades.

WHO:    

  • Truck drivers employed by XPO Logistics serving the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and nearby rail yards (these drivers are misclassified by the company as “independent contractors”)
  • Truck drivers and warehouse workers employed by NFI industries serving the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach (the drivers are misclassified by the company as “independent contractors”)

WHAT:  

Picketing at company facilities, marine terminals, rail yards, customer warehouses and distribution centers; leafleting at customers’ retail outlets (details TBA)

WHEN:  

Starting Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 am (call for more specifics)

WHERE:

Picket lines in Los Angeles, Commerce, and San Diego.

Additional picket lines to be announced.

Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been challenging their misclassification as “independent contractors” and exercising their rights as employees by engaging in collective action in the courts, in their truck yards, and at the ports – including 15 strikes in the last five years. It is estimated that there have been legal misclassification claims pursued on behalf of at least half of the misclassified drivers at America’s largest port complex, either by drivers filing individual wage claims or being part of class action lawsuits. Upon investigating the facts, multiple agencies and courts at both the state and federal levels have determined that drivers are, in fact, employees and therefore protected by employment and labor laws. Read more

XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is a global logistics company with revenue in excess of $15 billion. XPO Port Services, which specializes in moving goods to and from the ports, and XPO Cartage, which moves goods to nearby intermodal rail yards, are together among the top trucking companies servicing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. There are approximately 280 alleged misclassified drivers working for both companies in their LA-area locations and about 160 additional drivers in XPO Cartage’s San Diego facility. XPO and its subsidiaries are facing multiple legal and enforcement agency actions for alleged wage theft due to misclassification of their drivers as independent contractors. Read more

NFI Industries is one of the largest goods movement companies in America, with warehouses and port trucking operations across the U.S. In 2017, NFI purchased the California Cartage family of companies, which were – and continue to be – the largest drayage and warehousing operating at the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach.

The NFI/Cal Cartage family of companies includes five major trucking operations at the Ports of LA and Long Beach. The four largest – K&R Transportation California LLC; Cal Cartage Transportation LLC, Container Freight Transportation LLC, and CMI Transportation LLC – have been facing multiple claims in the courts and government agencies for misclassifying their drivers. Combined, more than 600 alleged misclassified drivers work for these companies. Cal Cartage Container Freight Station in Wilmington is a warehouse and freight center on Port of LA property and employs approximately 500 workers, with 40-50 percent of the workforce being employed through a temp agency. The company has been cited for serious health and safety violations twice in the past three years, and workers face serious retaliation resulting in unfair labor practices charges and five strikes. Read more

 

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Port Drivers of LA & Long Beach Regulatory and Litigation Overview

Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been challenging their misclassification as
“independent contractors” and exercising their rights as employees. They have been engaging in
collective action at the courts, in their truck yards and at the ports – including 15 strikes in the last five
years – bringing their cases before government agency officials. It is estimated that there have been
legal misclassification claims pursued on behalf of at least half of the misclassified drivers at the port—
either by drivers filing individual wage claims or being part of class action lawsuits.

Upon investigating the facts, multiple agencies and courts at both the state and federal levels have
determined that drivers are, in fact, employees and therefore protected by employment and labor
laws.

Ports regulatory and litigation overview Sept 30, 2018

Regulatory Action and Litigation at NFI

National Freight Industries/California Cartage, based in Wilmington, CA, is one of the largest goods movement companies in America, with warehouses and port trucking operations across the U.S. Referred to herein as “NFI/Cal Cartage,” this family of companies was recently acquired by the New Jersey-based National Freight Industries (NFI). Previous to this acquisition, Cal Cartage was owned and managed by Robert Curry, Sr. and his family. NFI/Cal Cartage represents the largest trucking operation at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach by a wide margin.

View Cal Cartage litigation and enforcement summary October 16, 2018

Amazon & Toyota Contracted Port Drivers & Warehouse Workers to Strike Monday

PRESS ADVISORY FOR: Monday, Oct. 10, 2018

PRESS CONTACT: Barb Maynard

Monday, Oct. 1, starting at 7:00 am

LA/Long Beach Port Truck Drivers and Warehouse Workers to Launch 16th Strike in Five Years; Striking Workers To Call On Company Customers, Including Toyota & Amazon, to Use Their Market Power to Rid the U.S. Supply Chain of “Indentured Servitude” 

PORTS OF LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, CA – Starting on Monday, Oct. 1, port drivers and warehouse workers at the gateway of the U.S. supply chain will carry out a series of escalating strikes and actions to build worker power and expose a crooked industry that has been built on exploitation, wage theft, and discrimination. This is port workers’ 16th strike in five years – a clear indication that, despite the unwillingness of America’s largest port complex to ban law-breaking trucking and warehouse companies from doing business on public property – port drivers and warehouse workers will not recede into the shadows and accept the rampant abuse and illegal working conditions they have endured and contested for decades.

WHO:    

  • Truck drivers employed by XPO Logistics serving the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and nearby rail yards (these drivers are misclassified by the company as “independent contractors”)
  • Truck drivers and warehouse workers employed by NFI industries serving the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach (the drivers are misclassified by the company as “independent contractors”)

WHAT:  

Picketing at company facilities, marine terminals, rail yards, customer warehouses and distribution centers; leafleting at customers’ retail outlets (details TBA)

WHEN:  

Starting Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 am (more specifics TBA)

WHERE:

Actions planned for the greater Los Angeles area, San Diego, Inland Empire, and High Desert (call or email for specific locations)

Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been challenging their misclassification as “independent contractors” and exercising their rights as employees by engaging in collective action in the courts, in their truck yards, and at the ports – including 15 strikes in the last five years. It is estimated that there have been legal misclassification claims pursued on behalf of at least half of the misclassified drivers at America’s largest port complex, either by drivers filing individual wage claims or being part of class action lawsuits. Upon investigating the facts, multiple agencies and courts at both the state and federal levels have determined that drivers are, in fact, employees and therefore protected by employment and labor laws. Read more

XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is a global logistics company with revenue in excess of $15 billion. XPO Port Services, which specializes in moving goods to and from the ports, and XPO Cartage, which moves goods to nearby intermodal rail yards, are together among the top trucking companies servicing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. There are approximately 280 alleged misclassified drivers working for both companies in their LA-area locations and about 160 additional drivers in XPO Cartage’s San Diego facility. XPO and its subsidiaries are facing multiple legal and enforcement agency actions for alleged wage theft due to misclassification of their drivers as independent contractors. Read more

NFI Industries is one of the largest goods movement companies in America, with warehouses and port trucking operations across the U.S. In 2017, NFI purchased the California Cartage family of companies, which were – and continue to be – the largest drayage and warehousing operating at the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach.

The NFI/Cal Cartage family of companies includes five major trucking operations at the Ports of LA and Long Beach. The four largest – K&R Transportation California LLC; Cal Cartage Transportation LLC, Container Freight Transportation LLC, and CMI Transportation LLC – have been facing multiple claims in the courts and government agencies for misclassifying their drivers. Combined, more than 600 alleged misclassified drivers work for these companies. Cal Cartage Container Freight Station in Wilmington is a warehouse and freight center on Port of LA property and employs approximately 500 workers, with 40-50 percent of the workforce being employed through a temp agency. The company has been cited for serious health and safety violations twice in the past three years, and workers face serious retaliation resulting in unfair labor practices charges and five strikes. Read more

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Justice for Port Drivers: With the dedicated support from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, plus many other labor, community, and faith allies, we are fighting to change the port trucking industry so we can win justice for ourselves and our families. More than 75,000 strong, we haul our country’s imports and exports for retail companies, for manufacturers, and for the U.S. Military. We are proud to be professional truck drivers and proud of the service we provide. Without us, America would stop.