Ann Curry exemplifies how low pay, long hours and other labor issues are strangling the trucking industry.
PORT TRUCK DRIVERS FIGHT AGAINST FEDERAL CONTRACTOR: Even as the Senate was getting ready to scale back in its defense authorization bill a rule requiring contractors to disclose past labor violations, port truck drivers employed by a big federal contractor were ending Monday a five-day strike over what the drivers alleged was worker misclassification and wage theft. For California port truck drivers at Los Angeles and Long Beach it was the 13th strike in two years. The targets were multiple trucking and warehouse companies, but one of them, XPO Logistics, holds nearly $1.7 billion in federal contract — mostly with the Defense Department and the U.S. Postal Service, according to a fact sheet from the Teamsters Port Division. The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has cited the company multiple times for illegal misclassification of drivers as independent contractors, and OSHA has cited the company 105 times since 2010 for health and safety violations, another fact sheet said.
A big march through Wilmington California is planned for Monday as port trucker strike lines expand to the XPO Cartage and Toyota yards in San Diego.
The Teamster Union has asked the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to ban from the premises trucking companies that classify drivers as Independent Contractors, the union’s Port Division Director told the American Journal of Transportation.
Fred Potter, director of the Teamsters Union Port Division, in an interview with AJOT said the Teamsters are calling on the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to “ban trucking companies from Port property when they illegally misclassify truck drivers” as independent contractors.
Government investigations of port trucking companies continue, most recently landing two port trucking company owners in jail. The owners of Metro Worldwide, Inc., which operates at both the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, were recently arrested for insurance fraud by the Los Angeles County District Attorney on April 28, 2016.
This week, many truck drivers who transport containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to distribution centers are on strike. The issue: They are classified as contractors, but want to be full-time employees.
Government investigations of port trucking companies continue, most recently landing two port trucking company owners in jail. The owners of Metro Worldwide, Inc, which operates at both the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, were recently arrested for insurance fraud by the Los Angeles County District Attorney on April 28, 2016.
Some drivers are currently striking at a pair of the nation’s busiest ports — Long Beach and Los Angeles — as a way to demand reclassification. Every day, as many as 25,000 short-haul trucks trek to and from the ports, transporting containers filled with goods that end up in stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Costco.
Truckers and port workers at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach went on strike Wednesday, using moving picket lines at several locations at the ports throughout the day and into the night.