Last week we were proud to join U.S. Congressional Representatives Nadler, Napolitano, Barragan, and Lowenthal in front of the U.S. Capitol when they introduced legislation demanding that port drivers have the same rights as all workers in this country. Telling our stories exposed how trucking companies and Amazon, Target, and Costco exploit us through truck lease scams that leave our families destitute.

This was our first time visiting Washington, D.C., but it won’t be our last because we can’t wait any longer for change to come.

You already know port drivers keep our entire economy moving, which is why we continue to hold ALL politicians accountable including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Since they are responsible for the LA & LB ports, we will continue to demand they ban companies that break the law by stealing our wages.

Here’s the problem in a nutshell: Target, Amazon, Costco, and other retailers hire trucking companies to deliver all their merchandise imported by a giant container ship. In an ongoing quest to maintain their luxurious lifestyles, retail CEOs subcontract their port trucking to vendors that push their business costs onto the backs of us drivers. The result is all truck costs - fuel, insurance, maintenance, parking, and lease payments - get deducted from our paychecks. In order to earn enough to cover all the truck expenses and bring some scraps home to our families, we must work 14, 16, even 18 hours every day.