American Logistics Archive

Port clean-air plan risks rocking economic boat: Guest commentary

Long Beach Press Telegram – Since 2006, when the first Clean Air Action Plan was jointly adopted by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, significant emissions reduction has occurred in San Pedro Bay. The latest Air Quality Report Card shows sulphur oxides emissions from ships is down 97 percent and diesel particulate matter from equipment at marine terminals is down 86 percent over 10 years.

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http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20170721/port-clean-air-plan-risks-rocking-economic-boat-guest-commentary

Truckers blast new clean air plan at ports of LA and Long Beach

SCPR – Labor activists are blasting new plan to clean up the air at the Ports of LA and Long Beach that they argue will come at the expense of truck drivers. Released yesterday, the Clean Air Action Plan is a $14 billion road map of how to cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution at the ports, the largest polluters in the region, and gradually shift away from internal combustion engines entirely. Read more.

California truckers would get fewer breaks under new law

Mercury News – Truckers rolling down California’s highways are entitled to take more breaks than drivers in most of America, but that would change if a congressional attempt to override the state’s work rules succeeds — which union officials and truck drivers say would make the state’s highways more dangerous. Read more.

Teamsters Oppose Proposed Clean Air Action Plan At The Ports

LA West Media – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced its opposition Thursday to a proposed Clean Air Action Plan update released by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over concerns the cost will be unfairly shouldered by truck drivers. Read more. 

 

Bynum Elected Harbor Commission President at Port of Long Beach, Egoscue named Vice President of Port’s governing Board

American Journal of Transportation – July 27, 2017

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.“It’s an honor to be chosen as President,” Bynum said. “We have much important work to do on behalf of our customers and City. I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners, Executive Director Mario Cordero and Port staff to continue to build the best and greenest port of the future.”

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https://www.ajot.com/news/bynum-elected-harbor-commission-president-at-port-of-long-beach

USA Today wins July Sidney for Exposing the Indentured Servitude of California Port Truckers

Brett Murphy wins the July Sidney for “Rigged: Forced Into Debt. Worked Past Exhaustion. Left With Nothing,” published by the USA TODAY Network. Short-haul truckers, like Samuel Talavera Jr. and Rene Flores, move vast quantities of merchandise from the ports of Los Angeles to rail yards and storage depots. Murphy’s year-long reporting on more than 300 truckers at two ports, which began while he was a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s journalism program, revealed that the industry runs on a modern-day form of indentured servitude. Read more.

 

Court Approves Landmark $5 Million Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Port Truck Drivers

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles – Last week, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) and Wage Justice Center secured final approval of a $5 million class action settlement brought on behalf of over 400 Latino and Korean immigrants against a port trucking company comprised of related corporate entities. Port truck drivers are the backbone of a $450 billion industry in Southern California. Read more.

An Economic Reality: Uniform Regulatory Definition Needed For Who Is An ‘Employee’

Forbes Magazine – Last month, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that its was withdrawing controversial policies that reflected how its Wage and Hour Division defined the terms “employer” and “employee” when enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). DOL merited the applause its action received from regulated entities, but it is merely one small step in the direction of what franchisors, franchisees, “gig” economy participants, independent contractors, and other businesses desperately need: clear, uniform, and reliable standards that put an end to the “gotcha” game regulators and lawyers have been playing in recent years.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/wlf/2017/07/10/an-economic-reality-uniform-regulatory-definition-needed-for-who-is-an-employee/#6d9fbf87bea8

 

An Economic Reality: Uniform Regulatory Definition Needed For Who Is An ‘Employee’

Forbes – Last month, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that its was withdrawing controversial policies that reflected how its Wage and Hour Division defined the terms “employer” and “employee” when enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). DOL merited the applause its action received from regulated entities, but it is merely one small step in the direction of what franchisors, franchisees, “gig” economy participants, independent contractors, and other businesses desperately need: clear, uniform, and reliable standards that put an end to the “gotcha” game regulators and lawyers have been playing in recent years. Read more. 

USA Today, NY Times give truckers’ side of the story

Tandem Thoughts, The official blog of landline – Often, stories published by the mainstream media about the trucking industry are one-sided. It’s common for these stories to portray truck drivers as dangerous and to tout proposed regulations as being about safety. While doing so, the reporters routinely leave out the truckers’ side of the story, or they fail to uncover the true motivation behind the regulation. So that’s why it’s important to give a nod to reporters who do it right. Read more.