Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) drivers at the nation’s busiest port complex walked off their jobs on Tuesday, July 21. The call to action is the misclassification of drayage truck drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, thereby excluding them of higher pay, workplace protections, disability insurance, workers’ compensation, and unemployment benefits.
The Pac 9 walkout in Los Angeles-Long Beach stems from a labor dispute that spans nearly two years. The Teamsters-supported movement has gone on strike six times since 2013, most recently in April, as a result of frustration regarding compensation, insurance and job security, and Tuesday’s strike is “indefinite.”
The Teamsters bi-coastal strategy to amend the misclassification of truck drivers is seeking to work on a company-by-company basis to develop and ratify labor contracts, ensuring that drivers are classified as employees, and receive higher wages and company sponsored benefits.
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