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Port Trucker Pacific 9 Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

A trucking company that works at California’s teeming ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has filed for bankruptcy protection, facing a demand to pay nearly $7 million to its truck drivers over a labor dispute.

Is misclassification an unfair labor practice?

“Misclassification is not just wage theft; misclassification deliberately robs workers of their right under the law to unite for a better future,” said Fred Potter, Vice President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Director of the Teamsters Port Division.

FactCheck: do better pay rates for truck drivers improve safety?

Was Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, right to say that evidence shows that better pay for truck drivers will improve safety?

Why the gig economy doesn’t work for everyone

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.

Co. Pays for Misclassification

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.

Big Victory for Misclassified Port Drivers

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.

More port truckers strike at the twin ports of LA, LB

Drivers working for XPO picketed against the company Monday, Feb 29. The drivers joined protests already underway by drivers for Pacific 9 Transportation.

More port truckers strike at the twin ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

Spring weather across much of the country likely sparked conversations of changing seasons and global warming at workplaces on Monday.

Anti-Innovation: 2 strikes in 2 weeks by port drivers…and it is only February

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.

Port driver protests target Pac 9, XPO

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.