Port truckers continued picketing at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in what is expected to be a five-day strike. On Tuesday, about 75 protesters marched through downtown Long Beach in support of the truckers. Truckers are protesting trucking companies’ labor policies and saying that they should be treated as employees rather than as independent contractors so that unions can organize employees easier. The strikers and supporters are calling for Los Angeles and Long Beach city officials to ban companies that utilize the practice from the ports. Barbara Maynard, a Teamster union spokesperson, stated:
The mayors must put an end to the toxic scam now to protect workers and to safeguard the public interest at the ports from the labor caused by misclassification.
The strikers are backed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Teamsters Local 848 and are being helped financially through a hardship fund. According to truckers, the employment arrangement allows employees to forgo some worker protections. The strikers are targeting three companies: California Cartage Company, XPO Logistics, and Intermodal Transport. Neither port had a major disruption in service, but hopefully an agreement can be worked out so that services at the ports are not interrupted and truckers can resume their work.
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