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    Default L.A. Port Driver News

    Port Workers Plan L.A. Strike to Challenge Logistics Firms

    "Warehouse workers and truck drivers at Los Angeles ports are planning to launch a three-day strike Monday, aiming to put pressure on logistics companies they claim owe them back wages.

    The action targets XPO Logistics Inc. and NFI Industries and marks the 16th strike mounted by the Teamsters union in recent years among nonunion workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the labor group. Rather than focus on slowing work at the ports, the strikers plan to concentrate picketing and leafleting Monday and Tuesday on warehouses, headquarters and retail outlets of clients of XPO and NFI, as well as demonstrating at the port itself.

    The strike is the latest effort by labor groups to focus on workers who companies don’t consider direct employees, or who get their paychecks from other firms in the supply chain. It also exemplifies how strikes in the U.S. have shifted toward drawing public scrutiny to corporate behavior and workers’ demands -- such as the union-backed “Fight for $15” -- rather than directly disrupting companies’ bottom line."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ogistics-firms

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    LA/Long Beach Port Drivers and Warehouse Workers Launch Strike

    Port truck drivers and warehouse workers launched a major strike today at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. The workers are at the gateway of the U.S. supply chain and will carry out a series of escalating strikes and actions to build worker power and expose an industry built on exploitation, wage theft and discrimination. This is the workers’ 16th strike in five years, and the largest one yet.

    Truck drivers with XPO Logistics serving the ports and nearby rail yards will go on an unfair labor practice strike, along with truck drivers and warehouse workers employed by NFI Industries. These workers are misclassified by their companies as “independent contractors.” XPO Logistics and NFI Industries are multibillion-dollar logistics giants.

    Today across the region there will be picketing at company facilities, marine terminals, rail yards, customer warehouse and distribution centers, as well as leafleting at customers’ retail outlets. Actions are also planned by XPO workers in the San Diego area. The strike line region spans 200 miles from Boron to Otay Mesa.

    Port drivers are exercising their rights as employees by engaging in collective action in the courts, in their truck yards, and at the ports. They are demanding justice and respect for their rights as workers. To date, the California Labor Commissioner has ordered companies to pay more than $48 million in back pay to drivers. However, port drivers still face exploitation at the ports, and with the help of the Teamsters Union, will not stop until they are treated with justice, respect and dignity.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/10/la...-launch-strike
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    Default L.A. port truckers rack up two wins, but also forced to strike

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PAI) — Chalk up two more wins for the good guys – working people – one in the state capital of Sacramento and the other with the federal government, in the never-ending struggle to bring fairness to workers, especially exploited truckers, in and around the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach.
    But the wins didn’t solve all the problems at the ports. The big one remaining is misclassification of the truckers as “independent contractors” and that forced hundreds of them to strike on October 1.

    The Justice for Port Drivers advocacy group and the Teamsters union called the strike, the 16th in the last five years. But this time the drivers also want big customers of the trucking firms, such as Toyota and Amazon, to pressure the companies to recognize the port truckers as employees.

    Making them employees would not only force the trucking companies to pay Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, workers comp and jobless benefits insurance for the truckers but would also give the truckers the right to unionize. And calling drivers “independent contractors” permits rampant wage theft by their employers. Justice for Port Drivers calls that “indentured servitude.”
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...ced-to-strike/

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    California Port Truck Drivers Request Investigation of Employer for Violating LA Minimum Wage Law
    (LOS ANGELES) – Port truck drivers employed by NFI Industries subsidiary California Cartage Transportation Express, commonly known as “Cal Cartage Express,” today filed minimum wage violation claims with the City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards. These claims allege that Cal Cartage Express – a trucking company with approximately 100 drivers within the NFI/Cal Cartage group of companies that together comprise the largest trucking operation at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – violates Los Angeles’ minimum wage laws by failing to pay the LA minimum wage and failing to provide paid sick leave days. The company is currently operating without a permit or lease on City/Port property in Wilmington, Calif., following the LA City Council’s revocation of the permit over serious concerns of labor violations and resulting labor disruptions.

    The claims filed allege that NFI/Cal Cartage Express, on average, fails to pay drivers at least one hour a day, every day. This is the result of their misclassification by their employer as “independent contractors” and a piece-rate payment system that fails to compensate workers for required duties done outside of the piece-rate movement. Such duties include conducting daily inspections, cleaning, repairing, painting containers, completing paperwork and filling up gas tanks – all duties for which they are not compensated. Additionally, the company does not provide any paid sick days to its drivers. For these reasons, NFI/Cal Cartage Express drivers are requesting that the Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards conduct a company-wide investigation to ensure that the approximately 100 port drivers employed by the company are being properly paid for their work as required by the city’s laws.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/11/ca...a-minimum-wage
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    Cal Cartage Charade Fools Harbor Commissioners, but Nobody Else

    Twice this year the Los Angeles Harbor Commission has voted to give special treatment to corporate criminal Cal Cartage, only to have its decisions overridden by the City Council.

    On Nov. 15, the company struck back, sending a contingent of workers to the Harbor Commission meeting to harangue Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino and the Teamsters, neither of which had anything to do with the company’s long history of lawless behavior, which the Harbor Commission has done nothing to curb.

    On April 5, 2018, the LA Harbor Commission approved a one-year Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Operating Agreement with the company. On May 8, the City Council unanimously vetoed it. On Sept. 20, the Harbor Commission granted Cal Cartage a new lease, which the City Council unanimously vetoed on Oct. 12, after which the port issued a 30-day notice to terminate possession.

    Between the two actions, on Sept. 13, the United States Department of Labor announced that Cal Cartage must pay $3,573,074 to more than 1,416 employees for violating federal contract provisions of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act by failing to pay prevailing wages, as well as health and welfare benefits.
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    I put this here because it specifically mentioned the port drivers getting a raise effective January 1, 2019.

    California Port Truckers and Other Workers Gain on Pay to Start 2019
    For minimum-wage earners, port truckers, farm laborers, sexual harassment victims, nursing mothers, high-powered female executives and workers injured on the job, 2019 offers reason to celebrate.
    A score of new state laws took effect on Jan. 1, expanding the rights of many employees while placing fresh restrictions on businesses.
    On Jan. 1, the legal statewide pay floor rose from $11 an hour to $12 for employers with 25 or more workers. For smaller employers it increased from $10.50 to $11. The increase is the latest phase of a 2016 law to gradually boost
    California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. California is tied with Louisiana and Florida for having the highest poverty rate of the 50 states, with nearly a fifth of families unable to meet basic needs given the high cost of living.
    Some 25,000 truck drivers haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to nearby warehouses and rail yards for shipping to U.S. retailers and manufacturers. Since 2011, nearly 1,000 drivers have filed complaints against trucking companies for workplace violations. But some $40 million in judgments and fines assessed by courts and by the California labor commissioner in the last four years remain unpaid, according to labor groups.
    A new law, Senate Bill 1402, orders the commissioner to compile a list of trucking firms that fail to comply with orders on unpaid wages, damages and worker compensation liability. When retailers or manufacturers hire a listed company to transport freight, they would be jointly liable for future violations.
    The Harbor Trucking Assn., which represents about 100 companies, opposed the law, calling it over-regulation and a ploy by the Teamsters union to organize drivers. But its impact was softened by giving shippers a 90-day window to cancel contracts with listed trucking firms before liability kicks in.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/cali...pay-start-2019
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    California posts list of port carriers with unpaid wage claims, misclassification judgments

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    As part of a law enacted in September in the state, California has posted a list of drayage carriers that the state claims have committed labor law violations against their drivers. Such violations, according to the state’s Department of Industrial Relations, include wage theft and misclassifying company drivers as independent contractors.

    California will populate the list with carriers who have been ordered by courts to award wage-related settlements to drivers but who have not satisfied the order. Also included will be companies who have an outstanding “tax assessment or tax lien,” according to the law’s text.

    The list is available at this link, and the state has said it will update the list monthly by either removing companies who have settled the wage law violations ordered in court and by adding new companies who’ve had action taken against them.

    Part of the intention of the law, which was signed by former California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in September, is also to hold shippers accountable for the companies they contract with to haul their freight. Should a shipper hire a company from California’s new list, they could be held partially liable for any wage claims brought against the carrier.
    https://www.ccjdigital.com/californi...ion-judgments/

    https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/List_Por...Judgments.html

    Link for the list:

    https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Port-Dra...an-02-2019.pdf

    I found it interesting that a few of these companies are from Texas and Arizona

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    Port Truck Drivers Awarded Nearly $6 Million
    (PORT OF LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, Calif.) – Twenty-four California port truck drivers employed by NFI Industries/California Cartage, the largest goods movement operator at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, have been awarded nearly $6 million by the California Labor Commissioner for wage theft due to misclassification as independent contractors.

    In an unprecedented decision, the Labor Commissioner issued individual joint liability against the general manager at NFI’s California Cartage Express who oversaw and directed the day-to-day work, and misclassification of, the drivers at that company.
    These cases mark the first time that the individual liability provision of California Senate Bill 588 (Labor Code Section 558.1) has been applied in port trucking.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/01/po...arly-6-million
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    https://www.truckinginfo.com/322650/...-wages-lawsuit

    n a statement to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, NFI clarified that the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement decision was about violations that took place prior to NFI’s acquisition of Cal Cartage in October of 2017 and were not issued against NFI or its Cal Cartage operations.

    The company is appealing the decision, which it said would make the current $6 million judgement void and subject to a new trial.

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