Was Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, right to say that evidence shows that better pay for truck drivers will improve safety?
Fridays are paydays for Edgardo Villatoro — and also for the company where he works, XPO Port Services. Villatoro, 54, gets paid for driving tires and furniture from Los Angeles-area ports to railway stations. But in return, he has to compensate the company for renting a truck, parking, insurance on the vehicle, and maintenance. He also buys diesel fuel.
Premium Transportation Services, also known as Total Transportation Services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The port truck company’s financial troubles are the result of 25 labor disputes regarding employee classification.
The Teamsters have struck a major victory in their campaign to organize port drivers. The California Labor Commissioner’s office has ordered Pacific 9 Transportation to compensate 38 employee drivers who were misclassified as independent contractors. The company will have to pay the drivers for illegal paycheck deductions, back wages and legal costs.
Drivers working for XPO picketed against the company Monday, Feb 29. The drivers joined protests already underway by drivers for Pacific 9 Transportation.
Spring weather across much of the country likely sparked conversations of changing seasons and global warming at workplaces on Monday.
There is no silver bullet that will solve port congestion. Instead there are many pieces to the changing puzzle of port congestion, requiring solutions involving infrastructure investments, regulations of carrier equipment, and training and retaining a skilled workforce.
The Teamsters Port Division and its affiliate Justice for Port Truck Drivers said Sunday that drayage drivers in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will target Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) and XPO Logistics in protests today.
The recent decision by Hub Group to discontinue its employee-based drayage operation in Southern California is the latest event in a tug of war between the independent contractor model of trucking and the employee model that is likely to continue for some time to come and the result will impact costs for shippers.
XPO Logistics, the Connecticut-based corporation that bought Con-way last year, is facing a class action lawsuit claiming three of its trucking subsidiaries misclassified drivers as independent contractors, according to Los Angeles Superior Court documents. At least one other trucking company — Intermodal Container Services Inc. — is also part of the lawsuit.