LA, LONG BEACH PORT DRIVERS EXPECTED TO STRIKE-SOME LA-LB
DRAYAGE DRIVERS AGREE TO STOP STRIKING BUT NOT ALL:
Excerpts from the Journal of
Drivers working for Green Fleet Systems agreed to a “cooling-off”
period after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
reached a deal with their Teamster backers and their employer, ending their
striking at six marine terminals. But Teamster backer and Total
Transportation Services haven’t yet reached a similar deal that would prevent
the employers’ drivers from picketing [today].
Drivers from those drayage companies are protesting
working conditions and alleged misclassification of drivers as independent
contractors. The ports reported that members of the International Longshore
and Warehouse Union did not honor the pickets and cargo-handling was not
Nevertheless, the mayor
and port executives are concerned that trucker demonstrations in the harbor
could add to the already severe congestion problems in the busiest U.S. port
complex. Furthermore, the ILWU has been working without a contract since July
1, so any move by the dockworkers to honor the pickets, if it should occur,
would add even further to the congestion problems.
regulatory experts are monitoring the situation and keeping a close eye on
labor negotiations, which began on May 12, 2014. In the meantime we are
checking shipment status on a daily/hourly basis to see where our client’s
cargo stands in movement towards its final destination. While we can’t
control the situation we can keep you informed.
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