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    Teamsters, NFI Workers Call on NJEDA to Rescind NFI's $80 Million Tax Break

    July 16, 2019


    (TRENTON, N.J.) – Today, Teamsters and NFI workers called on the NJEDA Board at its monthly meeting to rescind tax breaks to NFI, a lawbreaking company that stands to benefit from nearly $80 million in tax breaks at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers through the Grow NJ Program which is under intense scrutiny.

    Teamsters International Vice President At Large and Port Division Director Fred Potter joined NFI/Cal Cartage Express port truck drivers Jesus Maldonado and Jose Garcia, and representatives from a number of worker and community advocacy organizations, in calling on the NJEDA to freeze NFI’s tax breaks.

    “NFI lied in its application to get state benefits. NFI failed to disclose its prior conviction for three counts of wire fraud, and lawsuits that were pending at the time of its application alleging wage and hour violations. This is a company that violates the law and workers’ rights and has stolen workers’ wages. NFI doesn’t deserve a tax giveaway,” Potter said. “This is a company that has a criminal history and avoids paying taxes and what it owes workers. Why should this company be rewarded with millions in tax breaks off the backs of 55,000 New Jersey Teamsters and the residents of this state? Now is the time for leadership. We urge you to take this opportunity to rescind NFI’s tax windfall.”

    Jesus Maldonado has worked as a port truck driver at NFI/Cal Cartage Express in California for 10 years and says he has been exploited the entire time he has worked for the company.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/07/te...lion-tax-break
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    Workers at NFI/Cal Cartage Express Walk Off the Job for Unfair Labor Practices

    Drivers at NFI/Cal Cartage in Southern California walked off the job protesting unfair labor practices this week. Workers have been fighting misclassification, wage theft, intimidation and retaliation on the job for years. This is the fourth strike to take place at NFI/Cal Cartage.

    On top of strikes, marches on the boss and other worker actions, drivers have been turning to the courts and various agencies, like the California Labor Commissioner, to aid them in the fight against misclassification and wage theft at NFI. This has been a very successful tactic, with courts ruling that drivers are indeed employees and not independent contractors and now NFI/Cal Cartage owes drivers millions in stolen wages.

    Drivers have been on the picket lines speaking out about NFI/Cal Cartage’s abuse and retaliation on the job.

    “We’re on strike because of NFI/Cal Cartage’s unfair labor practices. Instead of giving us six-month contracts like usual, those of us supporting the union and taking legal action are receiving one-month contracts,” said Jose Garcia, a striking worker for NFI/Cal Cartage Express.

    Picketing has caused significant back-ups for companies trying to move goods in and out of America’s largest twin ports located in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. Port traffic is slowing down to a trickle wherever picketers are present, including in Boron, Calif., where NFI/Cal Cartage’s largest customer, Rio Tinto, has a borax mine.

    Picketing workers, accompanied by a community coalition, religious leaders from the Los Angeles and Salt Lake City area and members from Teamsters Local 222, traveled and led a delegation to Rio Tinto’s U.S. headquarters in Salt Lake City. The delegation delivered a petition with over 5,000 signatures asking Rio Tinto to sever its relationship with NFI/Cal Cartage on account of their lawbreaking and their non-compliance with Rio Tinto’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/09/wo...abor-practices
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    Striking CA Truckers Who Haul Borax Arrive at Rio Tinto’s Headquarters in Utah

    I'm a few weeks late on this news.

    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) – A delegation of port truck drivers, along with community, labor and faith-based allies from Utah and Los Angeles, will gather at Rio Tinto’s U.S. headquarters and the Rio Tinto Kennecott mine near Salt Lake City on Tues., Sept. 10. The group will educate the Rio Tinto workforce about the illegal working conditions in Rio Tinto’s California supply chain, and deliver a petition to Rio Tinto’s executive leadership at the company’s South Jordan office urging the global mining company to abide by its own supplier code of conduct.

    A series of actions began early Monday morning when port truck drivers who haul heavy loads of boron – a mineral mined 300 miles east of Los Angeles that is a critical component in every day consumer products from flat screen TVs to smartphones – from the Rio Tinto mine in Boron, CA, to America’s largest port complex, once again protested their employer’s persistent unfair labor practices by going on strike at the Port of Los Angeles. With the support of the Teamsters Port Division and Teamsters Local 848, drivers walked off the job at 7:30 a.m. PDT to protest unfair and illegal discrimination for aspiring to form a union at their employer, NFI/California Cartage Express (CCX).
    https://justiceforportdrivers.org/20...rters-in-utah/

 

 
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