Around 100 LA and Long Beach port truck drivers and warehouse workers plan to launch a strike starting Monday, June 19th , the Journal of Commerce reports.
The workers and Teamsters union Local 848 announced the labor action asking to be recognized as employees instead of independent contractors to improve pay and workplace protections.
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.
The strike announcement follows a pact signed last Monday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to “move toward the goal of zero emissions” at the ports and establish goals for zero-emission trucks by 2035. The union has complained that the goals don’t mention the effect on truck drivers. Some independent contractors worry that the zero-emissions program will add costs to their operations.
RCL Agencies will provide more updates once available.