Owner-operators at ports in L.A., Savannah protest over classification

| April 28, 2014
LA port
Port of Los Angeles

Port owner-operators in Los Angeles and Savannah, Ga., are protesting to demand employee classification instead of independent contractor status.  

On April 28, Justice for Port Truckers said it would begin a 48-hour strike at Port of Los Angeles, while Stand Up For Savannah stated it would protest at the Georgia Port Authority’s Garden City Terminal. The protesting owner-operators say gaining employee status would result in better wages, working conditions and collective bargaining rights.   

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Teamsters strike agreement with Calif. port carrier on drivers’ right to unionize

The National Labor Relations Board has negotiated a settlement between a California carrier and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to post notice about the right to unionize.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has supported these efforts. On April 24, the Teamsters filed its first amended charge against the Pacific 9 Transportation with the National Labor Relations Board’s Los Angeles office. The union alleges that since October, the Carson-based company had interrogated truckers about union sympathies and offered benefits to those who did not wish to join a union.

Last month, the NLRB negotiated a settlement between the carrier and the Teamsters. The company agreed to post notice about the right to unionize in return for settling Teamsters’ allegations that carrier officials attempted to interfere with unionization efforts last fall.

That settlement was limited to requiring Pac 9 post the announcement in the company break room and does not assign fault or address other issues.

  • steve4447

    Finally drivers doing something right and in their own self interest…

  • John Velazquez

    I to intent discus to another drivers unions
    Because stopping authority abuse from Federal atministration for discrimination
    To a owner operators independent contrator.

  • Big R Phillips

    Right on my trucker brothers….fight…fight…fight!