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Teamsters Chief Fears U.S. Self-Driving Trucks May Be Unsafe, Hit Jobs

New York Times – September 12, 2017: The head of the 1.4-million member International Brotherhood of Teamsters union is mounting an aggressive effort to convince Congress to reject new rules to speed the deployment of self-driving trucks, warning they could …

ILWU casuals protest outside union hall in Wilmington, demanding more work, benefits

Long Beach Press Telegram – Dozens of part-time dockworkers who have been waiting for years to land a full-time job protested outside their Wilmington union hall Friday, demanding they be given benefits and more work. “They are frustrated,” said Paul Trani, …

LA-LB ports repurposing land to aid truckers

The land repurposing would help to alleviate issues surrounding chassis availability that are a perennial problem. The port of Los Angeles and Long Beach are responding to the urging of the harbor trucking community to repurpose surplus properties as near-dock …

Teamsters Charge CAAP Blows Smoke

Random Length News – On July 20, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach released the draft of their new Clean Air Action Plan, opening a two-month comment period. The first public comment was a resounding rejection from the …

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Trucking info – A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits …

Immigration agents showed up at labor dispute proceedings. California wants to kick them out

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 …

See the Fiery Letter Elizabeth Warren and Other Senators Just Sent to Walmart and Target

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 …

Senators reach out to retail chains after USA Today report

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.; …

Bynum Elected Harbor Commission President

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.  

Opposition to new LA-Long Beach clean air plan grows

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 …