This past Thursday, June 15, 2017, nearly 100 drayage truck drivers and warehouse workers serving the Long Beach/Los Angles Port announced their intent to strike from June 19 – June 23.
The disgruntled workers and Teamsters union Local 848 claim their protest is against “greedy corporations to continue to exploit hard-working men and women through abusive and often illegal contracting-out, misclassification, temporary staffing and wage theft schemes,” Eric Tate, secretary-treasurer for Teamsters union Local 848, said at a news conference Thursday at the Port of Los Angeles.
The strike has also been tied to the recent announcement by LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor, Robert Garcia to expand their Clean Air Action Plans and Green Ports Collaborative by launching a zero-emissions port truck pilot program. Tate expressed concern that the cost to comply could end up landing on the truckers.
Tate went on to outline the plan for the protest, drivers and warehouse workers will picket XPO Logistics terminals Monday, and they’ll spread their picket lines to Intermodal Bridge Transport and California Cartage Co. on Tuesday. “The strike will last at least through the week,” promised Tate.
Potential Impact to Port Operations:
Phillip Sanfield, spokesman for the Port of Los Angeles, stated that past strikes have led terminals to turn away trucks of companies from striking firms. Because of the large size of the ports and the amount of companies operating there however, the strikes have had “minimal” effect on port operations.
Odyssey does not anticipate much disruption to our customer’s freight but we are staying up to date on the situation as it develops. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Odyssey representative or any of our Odyssey experts.
Update – 6/26/2017: California port truckers end strike after 5 days. Full story here.