"I met dozens of truckers all telling me the same story. Many, with tears in their eyes, told me that they felt that they were not even being treated as human beings by their employers."
What does one do when he works hard to support his family; works 60-70 hours a week- day in and day out; and yet brings home two-digit (or less!) paycheck? What does he do when his wife says there is not enough money for food AND the rent? What does he do when he mentions this to his employers and is told that if he doesn’t like it he can quit?
It is because CLUE opened my eyes to this terrible injustice being committed against the port truckers that I joined CLUE to try to do something about this! Actually my Catholic faith demanded of me that I do this! It had taught me that if I saw a person abused or in real need that I had to do what I could to help that person. And if I did not, and did nothing, then I was GUILTY !!
Under the guidance of CLUE I met dozens of truckers all telling me the same story. Many, with tears in their eyes, told me that they felt that they were not even being treated as human beings by their employers. I met their hard-working wives who told me that they sometimes cried themselves to sleep at night because they didn’t have enough money to care properly for their children. I met their beautiful and handsome children who would tell me that “papa is never at home, but always working.”
Inspired by CLUE, I met union members working hard to help these truckers. And I met so many others, really dedicated people of all ages and faiths, lay people, ministers, priests, rabbis, even bishops- all willing to sacrifice, to go all out to help these truckers, and not willing to stop until they receive their just wages and benefits... (this) encouraged me no end and made me even more determined than ever to continue with CLUE this struggle for justice and not to stop until this wage theft stops and ALL the truckers at the ports receive the just wages and benefits due them.
~John Pulvino, Member of St. Cyprian Catholic Church and CLUE's South Bay Committee