(Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA) – Today, port and rail drivers misclassified as “independent contractors” at XPO Cartage, Inc., part of XPO Logistics, Inc., began an “Unfair Labor Practice” strike to protest illegal job classification that robs them of their employee rights. Drivers are picketing XPO facilities in Commerce, Rancho Dominguez, and San Diego, and are picketing at America’s largest port complex, the twin ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, and the Intermodal Rail Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), when XPO trucks attempt to enter marine terminals and the rail yard.

The drivers are on strike to protest unfair labor practices, including misclassification and retaliation, harassment, and intimidation for having filed claims for wage theft with the California Labor Commissioner’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. In addition to the port driver misclassification, XPO Logistics is also spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on union busters in an attempt to deny its freight and warehouse workers from exercising their federally protected right to organize their union. The company’s freight and warehouse workers also struggle financially while its CEO, Bradley Jacobs, continues to make millions of dollars on the backs of his workers.