The Port Trucking Strikes Continue
It was recently reported that drivers in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas were organizing against what they believed were unfair working conditions.
This trend is nothing new – in fact, the solidarity of workers in the area over the past year shows just how dedicated they are to improving their work arrangement and holding carriers responsible for what they believe is unfair treatment.
The original issue was discussed heavily almost one year ago. The summer of 2016 saw big business at the port area. This area handles a large amount of the nation’s imports. But while business is booming at the ports, workers are not being treated as a commodity – rather, many of them claimed they are being treated in a fraudulent and exploitative manner.
The original issue stemmed from drivers being classified as independent contractors despite being treated like employees. While the strict top-down control of their work arrangement was something they had to deal with, they were not given the pay and benefits fitting of a full-time worker.
Recent issues include drivers claiming they were trapped in a situation where they were indebted to their carriers. Some individuals claim they were paid less than a dollar for twelve hours of work, and forced to work past the point of exhaustion.
Having carriers control their work arrangement to such a degree has led many drivers to strike once more, with similar issues to those in the past being discussed.
The strike, which began earlier this week, marks the 15th time such a movement had happened in the area since 2013.
What is the motive behind carriers treating drivers in such a way? Some representatives in the strike feel the conditions are designed to pad the pockets of trucking and port CEOs at the expense of drivers.
One of the representatives claimed the recent strikes have been used to drain workers of so many funds that CEO pay has increased nearly 1000 percent.
The ports are a bustling location in the trucking industry, with the outcome of this conflict undoubtedly set to make a precedent on the future of commercial freight delivery in the area and across the country.