TRUCKERS' STRIKE * USA: At California Ports
* California - Truckers strike over employment status
--- Some drivers are currently striking at a pair of the nation’s busiest ports — Long Beach and Los Angeles — as a way to demand reclassification. Every day, as many as 25,000 short-haul trucks trek to and from the ports, transporting containers filled with goods that end up in stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Costco... Most of the drivers aren’t employees of a transport company. Instead, they lease or own their trucks and are classified as independent contractors. Many don't think that’s the way it should be. The California Labor Commission has seen more than 800 complaints filed against port-trucking companies in the last five years... Nick Weiner, leader of Justice for Port Drivers, said most truck drivers drive for one trucking company... It’s cheaper for a company. It’s not on the hook for paying benefits or providing insurance. About 750 trucking companies work out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, most with fewer than 100 trucks... Rich Pianca, acting general counsel for American Trucking Associations, said the majority of litigation, especially in California, is ruling on the side of drivers, which could be a problem for the industry...
(Photo by Andy Uhler/Marketplace - A truck pulls out of the port of Los Angeles carrying a container) -- Los Angeles, CAL, USA - Market Place, by Andy Uhler - June 02, 2016