LA/Long Beach Port Truck Drivers End Strike

Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego have returned to work after a week-long strike, according to the Long Beach Post.

Truckers from Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage and Harbor Rail Transport went back to their jobs May 1 after beginning a strike on April 27, according to the Teamsters union.

Drivers at Pacific 9 Transportation were still picketing Friday morning and were awaiting a response from company officials on a conditional offer made to the company, however, they returned to work later in the day.

The strike started at the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, in company yards and marine terminals, and spread to Union Pacific’s Los Angeles Transportation Center (LATC). Union members also picketed specific locations at the U.S./Mexico border in efforts to delay the transportation of cargo to Toyota’s Mexican manufacturing plants.

The strike involved several hundred drivers, only a small percentage of the roughly 16,000 truckers who work at the ports. For almost a week the port truck drivers had been picketing over the shipping companies’ alleged wage theft and employee misclassification.

Though they didn’t win any concessions from companies, the truckers decided to go back to work because they couldn’t afford to keep striking, Barb Maynard of Justice for LA/LB Port Drivers told the Associated Press.

Fred Potter, director of Teamsters Port Division and international vice president, said the drivers and Teamsters consider the strike “completely successful.” During the strike, there was an opportunity to talk to thousands of drivers on the long lines at marine terminals who are eager to join the struggle, and unless companies respect the law and properly classify their drivers, more and larger strikes are to be expected.

The Teamsters said the strike was able to create backups and disrupt operations, including containers that were left languishing on docks from companies such as Walmart, Costco, Toyota, General Electric and Target.

Port officials said the striking workers didn’t hurt operations at the port terminals or their ability to clear a backlog from a previous dockworkers strike.

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