California port drivers, warehouse workers intend to strike

Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Source: American Shipper

  Los Angeles and Long Beach port truck drivers and warehouse workers intend to go on strike at 7 a.m. Monday.
   A press release issued Friday by Justice for Port Drivers, which has “dedicated support from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters,” said striking workers will call on such customers as Toyota and Amazon to use their market power to “rid the U.S. supply chain of ‘indentured servitude.’”
   The organization claims truck drivers working for XPO at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as nearby rail yards are misclassified by the company as independent contracts. It alleges that truck drivers and warehouse workers serving the L.A. and Long Beach ports for NFI also are misclassified as independent contractors.
   The announcement said the workers will carry out a series of escalating strikes and actions to “build worker power and expose a crooked industry that has been built on exploitation, wage theft and discrimination.”
   Justice for Port Drivers said this will be port workers’ 16th strike in five years.
   “Port drivers and warehouse workers will not recede into the shadows and accept the rampant abuse and illegal working conditions they have endured and contested for decades,” it said.
   Picketing is planned for XPO and NFI facilities, marine terminals, rail yards, customer warehouses and distribution centers, according to Justice for Port Drivers, which said leaflets will be handed out at customers’ retail outlets.

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