Los Angeles Times – Federal immigration agents have shown up twice at California labor dispute proceedings to apprehend undocumented workers, in what state officials believe may be cases of employer retaliation.
Trucking companies have evaded wage laws by classifying workers as independent contractors. They don’t pay overtime and force drivers to pay for the cost of fueling and maintaining their trucks. After those payments, for which they aren’t reimbursed, drivers end up earning less than the minimum. Since 2011, the Labor Commissioner’s Office has concluded that drivers were misclassified as independent contractors in about 300 wage-claim cases. Read more.
Politico – In a letter sent to the CEOs of 16 companies, including Target and Walmart, the lawmakers demanded that the corporations ensure that they are “not complicit in the mistreatment of port truck drivers” and that they “are not unwittingly supporting labor abuses in the United States.” The letter, led by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), came after USA Today published an investigation in June that found “port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford.” The lawmakers requested that the companies inform them about their steps to “rid worker abuses” from their supply chain. In addition, the lawmakers asked the CEOs whether they plan to cancel contracts with companies that have committed safety and labor violations.
Time – A group of influential Democratic Senators is calling on national retailers to crack down on alleged abuses that have forced truckers into schemes that essentially turn them into modern-day indentured servants.This week, U.S. Senators including Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Kamala Harris sent letters to the heads of 16 major retail brands, expressing grave concerns about the practices reported in a June investigative report published in USA Today. Read more.
Landline Magazine – An investigative article into the labor practices involving port truck drivers has prompted several U.S. senators to send letters to many of the nation’s top retail companies. On Monday, July 31, Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., penned a letter that asked retail companies to crack down on trucking companies that commit labor violations. A June article from USA Today, presented an investigative report alleging that retail giants have enabled the exploitation of port truck drivers. The article stated that “Target, Costco, Hewlett-Packard and many others have benefited from California port trucking companies that forced their drivers into debt, made them work up to 20 hours a day, and sometimes paid them pennies per hour.” The article also claimed that at least 140 trucking companies around Los Angeles have been accused of improperly billing drivers for their own work equipment by calling them independent contractors instead of employees. Read more.
Long Beach Press Telegram – The race to replace Southern California’s biggest polluter is on. It’s going to take science, time, money — and maybe an assist from Elon Musk. At the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, an ambitious $14 billion clean-air plan calls for the elimination of dirty-burning diesel equipment by 2035 — $9 billion just to purchase and deploy trucks.
Mercury News – The race to replace Southern California’s biggest polluter is on. It’s going to take science, time, money – and maybe an assist from Elon Musk. At the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, an ambitious $14 billion clean-air plan calls for the elimination of dirty-burning diesel equipment by 2035 – $9 billion just to purchase and deploy trucks.
USA Today – A group of high-profile Democratic Senators, led by Sherrod Brown of Ohio, wrote letters to the nation’s top retail CEOs Monday, demanding they crack down on trucking companies that turned their workers into modern-day indentured servants. The call to action comes in response to a yearlong USA TODAY Network investigation that found port trucking companies in California forced their drivers into debt, pressured them to work up to 20 hours a day and paid them pennies per hour.
Maritime Professional – The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Lou Anne Bynum as its new Board President and Tracy Egoscue as Vice President on Monday, July 24, in the annual selection of Board Officers. Read more.
Long Beach Press Telegram – Leadership of the Long Beach port officially changed hands Monday in a tearful ceremony that brought two new members to the powerful Board of Harbor Commissioners. Several well-wishers bid farewell to commissioners Doug Drummond and Rich Dines during a more than hourlong presentation. The two men were praised for their insight and commitment to the Port of Long Beach. Read more.
American Shipper – Since the Clean Air Action Plan draft plan was released July 19, some entities that have a stake in the strategy, including the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Teamsters, have announced their opposition to components of the proposed update. Read more.