Port Truck Drivers
LONG BEACH AND LOS ANGELES, CA
The working conditions of Long Beach and Los Angeles port truck drivers present a huge justice issue. Unconscionably, most ports truck drivers are misclassified as “independent contractors," which excludes them basic legal protections, imposes serious financial constraints, and cheats the government out of payroll taxes. Trucking companies commit wage theft by unfairly deducting job expenses from drivers' paychecks and denying thousands of misclassified drivers from workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, minimum wage protections, and lunch and rest breaks. CLUE leaders have joined drivers in a number of large-scale, port-wide strikes that includes picket lines at company truck yards, consumer warehouses and distribution centers, and marine terminals.
In July of 2015, drivers from Ecoflow Transportation voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 848 and begin bargaining a first contract. Many of these drivers have been fighting for well over a decade for a chance to have a job with fair working conditions and benefits. Ecoflow is a rapidly growing company and is already a leader at the port in both working conditions and zero emissions trucking technology.
CLUE celebrates this victory, but there is still much more work to be done. Drivers continue to struggle and organize at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and as faith leaders, we will continue to play a key role in garnering support for the rights of port truck drivers until misclassification and wage theft ends in the ports trucking industry and workers can exercise their rights without fear.
CLUE stands in support of the port truck drivers who are unfairly denied workers rights.
- Being With My Family Should Not Be A Luxury - Amador Rojas, Port Truck Driver
- Don't Stop Until the Wage Theft Stops - John Pulvino, Member of St. Cyprian Catholic Church and CLUE's LB Committee
- Sacred Right to Rest: An Open Letter to Port Truck Drivers - Grecia Reyes, CLUE Faith-Rooted Organizer
- U.S. Port Strike Threat Highlights Supply Chain Risk - Econo-monitor - July 18, 2014
- City of Long Beach, Port of Long Beach promise to move forward as a team - Long Beach Press-Telegram - July 17, 2014
- Port Drivers' Strike Fuels the Movement to Unionize Low-Wage Workers - Teamster Nation Blog - April 30, 2014
- Port Truck Drivers Picket Harbor Area Trucking Companies - Los Angeles Times - July 7, 2014
- Contact Grecia Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can contribute your time and energy to support Long Beach Ports workers.
- Join our Campaign Committee — If you're a clergy member or lay leader in the Long Beach area, help create sustainable change by joining our regional committee! (Contact Grecia)
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