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Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports

Published on May 20, 2010 in Clean Ports, Programs

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2010 CLUE-LA is an active part of an unprecedented community-labor-environmental
alliance at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles named the Coalition for
Clean and Safe Ports. The coalition stands with community members who face
the dual crisis of dirty air and poor working conditions. As part of the second
largest port complex in the United States, Long Beach and surrounding areas
has the 8th highest rate of asthma in the nation. A major contributing factor
to this are the old, dirty, diesel trucks operated by 12,000 workers who often
make $10-12/hr or less without health benefits or retirement plans and work
14 plus hours a day.

In 2008, the Port of Los Angeles with the support of the coalition enacted
a Clean Trucks Program to clean the air by requiring the phase out of old
dirty trucks and a concessionaire agreement with trucking companies that would
require them to hire drivers as employees. The program aimed at sustainable
environmental practices and a stable trucking industry that would no longer
force drivers into poverty. After major successes the program was stalled
by a legal challenge from a Virginia-based trucking industry lobby group.

Today CLUE-LA joins with our coalition partners such as the Los Angeles Alliance
for a New Economy (LAANE),  Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),
The Sierra Club, Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma, and The International
Brotherhood of Teamsters in committing to stand with port communities in the
struggle for environmental and economic justice. We do this by bringing public
witness to driver and community concerns through demonstrations, testimony
at city council and port commission hearings, and letter writing campaigns
to local, state and federal officials.

How To Get Involved

  • Join the CLUE South Bay committee
  • Host a truck
    driver Labor in the Pulpit/Bimah at your congregation
  • Go on a delegation to meet with local and national leaders urging
    their support of sustainable practices in Port trucking industry

To get involved please contact our CLUE-South Bay organizer Hal Steinberg
at hsteinberg@cluela.org

For more information about the Port trucking industry and our partners,
the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, please visit:

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