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Port truck drivers, gig-economy workers have much in common

In a good year, port truck driver Jose Portillo says he can rake in $80,000 a year. But the barrel-chested grandfather says he takes home only $25,000 after paying gas, insurance, taxes and rental fees for the big-rig he drives.

Uber drivers in U.K. win right to paid time off and minimum wage

An employment tribunal in London ruled that the drivers should be considered “workers” rather than self-employed contractors, dealing a major blow to Uber. “This is a monumental victory that will have a hugely positive impact on over 30,000 drivers in London and across England and Wales and for thousands more in other industries where bogus self-employment is rife,” said Maria Ludkin, legal director for the GMB labor union that represented the drivers.

L.A. Port Strike Expands As NLRB Trial Enters 12th Day

Port drivers at Container Freight/California Cartage expanded an ongoing port worker strike Wednesday protesting violations of U.S. labor laws. Some of the striking workers are being called from the picket lines for testimony in a National Labor Relations Board Trial of Chinese-owned Intermodal Bridge Transport entering its 12th day.

Wage theft hotline launched for federal contract workers

Truck drivers and warehouse workers employed by federal contractors at the Port of Los Angeles are striking for 48 hours to draw attention to wage theft and other violations. Good Jobs Nation (link is external) estimates workers are losing millions of dollars in pay every year and the organization has launched a special hotline, 1-844-PAY-FAIR, to report wage theft.

KNBC 10.25.16 Port Truck Drivers and Warehouse Workers on Strike

California Ports Strike Coincides With Federal Contractor Ruling

A worker advocacy group in Washington, D.C., helped launch a two-day strike at twin ports in California today and unveiled a telephone hotline for employees of federal contractors to report alleged labor violations. The actions were planned to coincide with the effective date of President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which requires federal contractors to report certain labor law violations. That order was put on hold Oct. 24 as part of litigation to block it.

L.A. Port Strike Today Over Federal Contractor Wage Theft

Truck drivers and warehouse workers working for federal contractors at the Port of Los Angeles are striking for 48 hours to draw attention to wage theft and other violations. These workers work for companies that contract with the federal Department of Defense. They say they have been misclassified as “independent contractors”, had their wages stolen and have been retaliated against for exercising the right to organize.

Port Truck Drivers Go On Strike RADKNX Radio

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MSC in talks to purchase Hanjin stake in TTI Long Beach terminal

TTI’s Long Beach terminal has a maximum annual container handling capacity of 3 million TEUs and features an on-dock rail facility providing “one-stop intermodal service,” according to information on its website. The mile-long wharf at Pier T is equipped with the largest gantry cranes at any U.S. port, capable of handling vessels with a carrying capacity of over 10,000 TEUs.

Drivers at XPO Logistics in Aurora, Illinois Choose Teamster Representation

Drivers at XPO Logistics in suburban Chicago voted for Teamster representation yesterday, as workers across the country stand shoulder-to-shoulder to fight for fairness and respect at the one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics companies.