Truck drivers working for Toll Trucking, a $8.6 million Australian goods-movement company, are denied basic rights, including access to bathrooms and breaks. Though Toll workers in Australia are unionized and treated justly, American workers from the same company are treated with completely different standards. After many efforts to improve working conditions, 26 truck drivers were unjustly fired. Fortunately, as of today, ten of the workers were re-hired, but we will continue to work for justice until all worker rights are respected.
Alberto Quinteno, a Toll truck driver, flew the 4,000 miles to Melbourne, Australia accompanied by members from the Brotherhood of Teamsters to hand-deliver a letter and petition signed by 62/75 co-workers, the same one that management in the US has refused to accept. In Australia Alberto was received graciously and was able to met with CEO Paul Little and CFO Brian Kruger. Just as Toll’s workers from one side of the Pacific to the other are treated completely differently, after returning to the US, Alberto along with 25 other Toll workers were fired.
The following day 200 union members, clergy, community members and other truck driver allies picketed in solidarity with the “Toll 26″. The group also delivered a 1,000 signature petition. Toll workers for both day and night shift wore union t-shirts to show support for their unjustly terminated co-workers.
The Australian Transport Workers Union, which represents Toll truck drivers in Australia also stood in solidarity with American truck drivers. After learning about the worker struggles in the US, the Australian workers organized “sausage sizzle” as fundraiser for American workers.
In response to these multiple injustices, CLUE-LA organized members of the CLUE-South Bay Committee to join community and labor groups to voice our concerns. Since Toll Trucking is an Australian company, we gathered outside the Australian consulate to demand accountability. Despite the fact that Toll workers in Australia are given the right to unionize and access to fair pay, their workers in America are treated completely differently. Workers also filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board to oppose Toll’s alleged unfair labor practices.
Thank you for all of your continued support for Toll drivers–with your help, justice will be served, workers will gain respect, and Toll will be a shining light of justice!
Group outside Toll offices, including Father Connor and Rabbi Klein.