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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Pet coke transport workers vote to join ILWU

Port of Long Beach photo of Pier G

JBA Transport workers who haul petroleum coke from California oil refineries to storage facilities and docks voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU on September 1.

A simultaneous bid by the Teamsters Union to win the union election fizzled badly despite a show featuring big Teamster trucks with […]

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LA, Long Beach ports truck drivers return to work after near week strike

Port truck drivers on strike for nearly a week will return to work Monday afternoon after picketing Monday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, a union official said.

The job action was taken to protest their “misclassification as independent contractors and other labor law violations,” said Teamsters Union spokesperson Barb Maynard. Port […]

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Majority of trucker picketing ends at the Port of Long Beach

The eighth period of picketing by port truck drivers in two years ended Friday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced in a release.

The truck drivers had been protesting picketing drayage firms since Monday, October 26 over accusations of wage theft and employee misclassification. Drivers at XPO Logistics, Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), and Gold Point […]

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Los Angeles City Council members urge support for fair wages for truckers

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa joined striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Wednesday, one day after promising strikers the support of the Teamsters’ 1.4 million members nationwide.

Support for the truckers also came Wednesday from some members of the Los Angeles City Council.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes […]

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Teamsters ramp up drayage, warehouse worker organizing effort in LA-Long Beach

The Teamsters union Tuesday stepped up its organizing efforts in Southern California, targeting another drayage company in Los Angeles-Long Beach, and announcing a partnership with a warehouse worker advocacy organization.

The latter signals a move by the Teamsters to organize what could potentially be thousands of workers in the warehouse and distribution industry. Although the […]

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Worker advocates turn sights on warehouse industry in Southern California

From the Journal of Commerce:

In what could be the beginning of a larger effort to focus on working conditions and eventually organize the warehouse sector of the transportation industry, workers at a warehouse near the Port of Los Angeles walked off their jobs Tuesday, attracting the support of the Teamsters union.

The job action […]

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Dual drayage system promises LA-LB shippers will have enough capacity

Los Angeles-Long Beach is moving slowly toward a dual system of drayage in which some drivers are becoming unionized employees, while others prefer to remain independent contractors. Eventually, the result could be a sufficient pool of drivers to serve the 13 container terminals in the largest U.S. port complex, resulting in service and pricing consistency […]

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SoCal truck drivers strike indefinitely because of ‘misclassification’ and ‘dangerous’ trucks

From an article titled ‘Contract truck drivers strike indefinitely against Pacific 9 Transportation in Los Angeles’ at CBS Local:

Port truck drivers went on strike Tuesday to improve conditions for themselves, their families and all drivers.

At 6 a.m., Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) drivers displayed their intention to strike indefinitely at the company’s yard […]

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New drayage trucking company to hire drivers as employees and promote ‘labor peace’ at ports

From the Long Beach Post:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, port truck drivers, business and labor leaders and environmental groups announced Monday the formation of Eco Flow Transportation, a company that will hire all drivers as employees instead of independent contractors and focus on improving air quality through the Port of Los Angeles and Port […]

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Most Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles truck drivers end strike

From the Press-Telegram:

Drivers working for three of four trucking firms have returned to work after being on strike throughout the week, the Teamsters union announced Friday.

Friday morning, Teamsters announced that strike actions would only continue against Pacific 9 Transportation and that picketing would take place outside the company’s facility in Carson.

A […]

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Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

From Reuters:

Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to strike […]

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CP receives notice of Teamsters Canada Rail Conferences’ intent to strike

From Canadian Pacific’s web site:

​​​​​​​​Despite Canadian Pacific’s best efforts to reach an agreement with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Running Trades (TCRC), the union has provided official notice of its intent to strike the company in the event there is not a negotiated settlement. This group represents more than 3,000 active locomotive engineers and conductors at […]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers agree to unionization process with firm

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The union seeking to represent truck drivers who serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and a major trucking firm have struck an agreement that would allow their drivers to decide whether to unionize, organizers announced Tuesday.

Drivers with Carson-based Shippers Transport Express, a wholly owned subsidiary […]

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Trucker strike at ports of L.A. and Long Beach ends

Striking truck drivers from two companies agreed Friday to return to work, organizers said, ending a nine-day trucker protest at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The two struck companies — Pacer International Inc. and Harbor Rail Transport — said in statements that they would not retaliate against drivers who walked off the […]

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Some LA-LB drayage drivers agree to stop striking but not all

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Drivers working for Green Fleet Systems agreed to a “cooling-off” period after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reached a deal with their Teamster backers and their employer, ending their striking at six marine terminals. But Teamster backer and Total Transportation Services haven’t yet reached a similar deal that would […]

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