Strike Results in a Win for Truck Drivers

LOS ANGELES – A five-day strike resulted in a victory for port truck drivers at the Los Angeles City Council. The drivers were forced to strike three different firms due to lost wages, low pay and lousy working condition because they’re misclassified as independent contractors.

In an effort to unionize, the participating truckers presented nearly 27,000 signatures to be able to organize with the Teamsters in Southern California.

“Retailers and the terminals that support low-road trucking companies that illegally misclassify their employees as independent contractors by doing business with them have little regard for workers’ rights,” said Teamsters Port Division Director Fred Potter.

The city council demanded that the drivers are provided with the same wage and benefits protections afforded to all employees in the city and urged management to bargain with the workers to avoid more strikes.

Source: PAI