One of the busiest ports in the world has become a part of yet another strike. Truckers have gone on strike at the port of Los Angles and Long Beach over statements of wage theft and employee mis-classification.
Around 6:00am (PST) Tuesday morning some Long Beach truckers such as Greenwich, CT-based XPO Logistics and Pacific 9 Transportation of Carson went on strike after filling claims for wage theft with the California Labor Commissioner’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Truckers are asking to be classified as company employees, the right to minimum wage, overtime pay and a safe and healthful workplace. AS of now these current truckers are classified as independent contractors, which
Bringing attention to the situation Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa is scheduled to join local union forces in support of the drivers later this week.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa released the following statement: The mis-classification of workers, and the devastating wage theft, ends here. Yesterday I visited with supply chain workers who haul imports and exports to and from the docks at our nation’s largest port, and with the warehouse workers who unpack and reload items onto trucks destined for major retailers like Amazon and Walmart. Every one of these egregiously exploited workers shared stories of their inhumane working conditions and their determination to fight back, not just for themselves but for all of their supply chain co-workers. I told them “You have the support of the 1.4 million Teamster members. We will bring justice to port truck drivers and warehouse workers nationwide!”
From what is being said, this has had little disruption in port traffic so far. Businesses are being told not to fear, unlike the strike involving the West Coast dockworkers this does not have as great of an impact on terminal and port schedules.