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Wilmington resident the first in 23 years to serve on harbor commission

Daily Breeze – Community advocate Lucia Moreno-Linares was confirmed Wednesday as the first Wilmington resident in nearly a quarter century to take a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. In a unanimous 13-0 vote, the Los Angeles City …

Demographics are changing truck driver management – Fleet panel highlights the need to adjust to a younger and more inexperienced driver pool made up of more women and ethnic minorities.

Fleet Owner – As the “traditional” make-up of the U.S. truck driver population is rapidly aging and heads for retirement, new efforts must be made to attract younger and “non-traditional” candidates to the job of piloting commercial vehicles for a living. …

Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session

The Sacramento Bee – From family leave and clean-air cars to job applicants and the construction industry, organized labor left its stamp on the just-completed California legislative session. Unions’ efforts sent to Gov. Jerry Brown measures that give their leaders access …

Port Truck Battle Drives Off Costco

Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation Inc. no longer counts Costco Wholesale Corp. as a customer as of late August. Alan Ta, chief operating officer of Pacific 9, declined to give specifics but confirmed that Costco is no longer a client. Costco …

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 …