Port Truck Drivers to Strike
Truck drivers from three different companies began a 48-hour strike today at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Picketers marched in front of a dozen locations where truck drivers frequently go to pick up and deliver cargo. Many of the drivers are hired as independent contractors, and therefore, do not receive the same rights as employees. Protestors specifically targeted three companies: Greenfleet Systems, Pacfic Nine, and Total Transportation Services, Inc.
Greenfleet trucking released a statement today directed toward drivers who are currently still independent contractors. The company stated that if these drivers would like to become employees, they should do so. According to the statement, "This simple fact has been lost on groups who would rather see companies go out of business than continue to provide economic opportunities for thousands of drivers and their families."Los Angeles and Long Beach port truck drivers announce plans to hold 48-hour strike.