Jose Jimenez has been a port truck driver for 10 years. Before being a driver, Jose worked as a union welder where he earned a fair wage and was able to spend time with his family. After being laid off, he began work as a port truck driver at Pacific 9 Transportation. He now works close to 20 hours a day, and almost never has time to spend with his family. Apart from working long hours, Jose has to deal with illegal deductions that are made from his paychecks for the lease of the company truck he drives and for its maintenance. It is for these reasons that Jose has filed a Wage and Hour claim with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) in order to regain his stolen wages and change the port trucking industry.
Moises Cardoza has been a port truck driver for 13 years. Originally from El Salvador, Moises immigrated to the United States to seek better opportunities for himself and his family. Moises works hard every day at Green Fleet Systems (GFS) to provide for his wife and 3 year old daughter. Moises wants his daughter to have the opportunities that he never had in El Salvador. At GFS, Moises and his coworkers are constantly disrespected and intimidated by management, which is why they have united to form their union to gain dignity and respect.
Nicky has been a port driver for 11 years, for many years as a single parent to four children (one is now an adult, another is 18 year old, and she has two young children, ages 11 and 4 years old). Being a single parent and port driver was difficult. Before becoming a Teamster, the company demanded that she work day and night, and she had to leave her children in the care of her older son. She is now an employee driver for Shippers Transport Express, the company that most recently reclassified all of its drivers as employees, agreed to a neutral unionization process, and shortly thereafter agreed to a Teamster contract.