Port Drivers on Strike!

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017

Over the past ten years, corporations have illegally misclassified workers as independent contractors to lower wages, avoid paying benefits, evade laws that provide protections on the job, and shift risks and business expenses onto employees. But despite hundreds of rulings of misclassification awarding drivers more than $36 million, the illegal scheme continues to dominate trucking at our nation’s largest port complex.

Los Angeles and Long Beach need good jobs, and with such prosperity, there is just no excuse for the cities/ports to allow greedy corporations to continue to illegally exploit warehouse workers and truck drivers. To learn more about the type of injustices they are dealing with on a daily basis, USA Today conducted a year-long investigation: Rigged: Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

This week is the port drivers’ 15th strike in the last three years, and they need our support at the actions below now more than ever!

What: Picketing at trucking companies and Ports of LA/Long Beach
When: Monday, June 19 – Thursday, June 22, from 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Dispatch from Teamsters Local 848
3888 Cherry Ave.,
Long Beach, 90807

What: March to Long Beach City Hall
When: Tuesday, June 20, at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Promenade Square Park
1st St. & the Promenade, Long Beach, 90802

What: Press Conference; City Council meeting
When: Tuesday, June 20
4 p.m. – Press Conference
5 p.m. – City Council meeting
Where: Long Beach City Hall
333 W. Ocean Blvd.,
Long Beach, 90802

What: Rally/Press Conference/City Council meeting
When: Friday, June 23
8:30 a.m. – Arrive
9 a.m. – Press Conference
10 a.m. – City Council meeting
Where: Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.,
Los Angeles, 90012
***Rally is on First Street steps***

Strike Contacts:
Fred Potter: 202-437-1233
Nick Weiner: 202-352-7944
Pablo Camacho: 323-246-8918

These workers also launched a digital campaign to highlight the stories of those that are fed up and are ready to take bigger action. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/Justice4PortDrivers/. They are looking for help with sharing and posting content. Please share widely!