According to the ports, 2017 was the busiest year in history, with record cargo moved on and off the docks. They say we as truck drivers “move the world,” yet with billions of dollars worth of cargo moving through the ports everyone seems to be profiting but us drivers…
In 2017, we made notable progress in our fight for dignity, respect as professional truck drivers, and a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. When we unite, our voices are strong. When we unite, the world listens. When we unite, we win.
- In 2017, the community listened –
- Community allies, including faith leaders and labor activists, launched a “Truth Commission” to review drivers’ working conditions and declared alongside us: ‘Our People, Our Port!’
- In 2017, the news media listened –
- Hundreds of stories appeared in print, on TV, and on the radio – in both English and Spanish languages. Click here.
- After a year-long investigation into truck leases and safety data, the USA Today Network published an explosive series of stories that catapulted our fight into the national spotlight. Click here.
- In 2017, federal government officials listened:
- XPO Logistics was forced to pay nearly $1 Million in stolen wages.
- Intermodal Bridge Transport was instructed to reclassify drivers as employees.
- In Washington D.C., drivers met face-to-face with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who published a video of our discussion and publicly called on President Trump to sign an Executive Order ENDING the exploitation of ALL Truck Drivers.
- S. Representatives and Senators introduced the Port Driver Bill of Rights and Clean Ports Act of 2017.
- Four U.S. Senators sent letters to 16 retailers urging them to stop doing business with the trucking companies who are breaking the law and exploiting drivers.
- In 2017, local government officials listened:
- In December, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a motion calling for an investigation into misclassification, wage theft, and other illegal activities we have experienced under the trucking companies.
- In reaction to a USA Today story exposing that “companies risk lives by putting sleep-deprived port truckers on the road,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “Federal hours of service laws exist for the safety of drivers and all of us. Violations are unacceptable and where they may have occurred they need to be promptly investigated.”
On January 8, 2018, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer shocked the industry by filing lawsuits for illegally classifying drivers as “independent contractors” against NFI-owned CMI Transportation, K & R Transportation, and Cal Cartage Express. Just 24 hours later, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia publicly announced that getting justice for port drivers is one of his top priorities for 2018!
Click here to see drivers’ reaction to the LA City Attorney’s lawsuits.
We won many battles in 2017 and the world is watching. Change is on the horizon, so if you’re not currently one of the thousands of drivers whose voices are united in demanding changes that will work for all drivers, join us!
Call the Justice for Port Drivers hotline today at (562) 888-1011.