Port of Los Angeles truck drivers from Green Fleet Systems, American Logistics International and Pac 9 Transportation went on strike this morning to protest labor practices, according to The Waterfront Coalition.
Picket lines were set up at the three companies, which are based in Carson, Calif., at 5 a.m. local time, and were expected to continue for 36 hours, but not beyond. Picketers were also expected at company warehouses, rail yards and distribution centers.
Truck drivers from Green Fleet Systems and American Logistics International claimed that they have been harassed and intimidated for their efforts to organize a union with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Meanwhile, truck drivers with Pac 9 Transportation argued that they have been wrongly classified as independent contractors instead of being listed as full-time employees, and have also alleged Pac 9 of wage theft.
Alex Cherin, a spokesman for Green Fleet Systems and Pac 9 Trucking, criticized the strikes and said the majority of employees and drivers at Green Fleet do not want a union, given the competitive wages and benefits the company already offers.
“Green Fleet is discouraged to learn that the organizations behind this strike are continuing to spend their members’ hard-earned money to battle an issue that the U.S. Supreme Court has already decided is without merit,” the company stated. “It is not a coincidence that in the 20 years and thousands of hours trying to organize Port truck drivers, only one company has decided to sign a contract with these groups. The reality is that their intimidation tactics are seen for what they are – the desperate acts of a group trying to force their agenda on an industry that time and time again has simply rejected them.”
Pac 9 Trucking echoed these sentiments, adding, “PAC 9 will continue to pay its contractors above the industry average and provide one of the safest-rated work environments in the industry while doing it.”
This is the second strike in less than three months for truck drivers from Green Fleet Systems. They went on a 24-hour strike in late August, alleging unfair labor practices.
Drivers have planned a 4 p.m. local time news conference to discuss the situation. Cherin said that as of 3:24 p.m., there had been no impact at Green Fleet.