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    Port Truck Drivers Take Action, Demand Protections From COVID-19

    Truck drivers who work at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach--and whose misclassification by trucking companies as independent contractors deflates their wages and denies them benefits like paid sick leave and health insurance--circled their trucks around the Port of Los Angeles administrative building today and delivered a petition demanding greater protections amid the COVID-19 crisis.

    With the support of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and accompanied by allies from the Our People Our Port coalition, the truck drivers circled the Port Administration Building at the Port of LA and drivers delivered their petition, which has been signed by 270 drivers. This took place at the same time as the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners’ meeting. The drivers’ demands include: proper PPE, paid sick leave, immediate cash assistance, free COVID-19 testing, social distancing procedures and a suspension of payment requirements related to truck loans and leases.
    "Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, my work at the Port has slowed down and it’s become nearly impossible to support my family,” said Juan Giraldo, a misclassified port truck driver from Los Angeles. “We haven’t been provided with the masks and gloves necessary to stay safe, and if I got sick I’d be in an even tougher situation since my company doesn’t provide me with paid sick leave. Enough is enough. I’m proud to stand with my fellow truck drivers to call on the ports and the mayors to enforce the rules and make our trucking companies take action to protect our health and the heath of our families.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2020/05/po...tions-covid-19

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    The Teamster volunteers are helping fellow port drivers in a time of need. With port volumes down their is less work for those independent drivers.

    Teamsters Hold Food, PPE Distribution for Port Truck Drivers
    Truck drivers who are struggling amid declining cargo volume and dangerous working conditions as a result of COVID-19 lined up Thursday to receive a helping hand from their fellow drivers at a food bank organized by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Trucks were loaded with boxes of food as well as masks, which many trucking companies have failed to provide their employees. The food bank was organized in partnership with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Labor Community Services, and the Los Angeles County Food Bank.

    According to a recent survey of Los Angeles port truck drivers, 82 percent of drivers say they have no paid sick days and 84 percent do not have health insurance through their job. A full 70 percent do not feel that the company they drive for is doing enough to keep them safe at work. In April, 68 percent reported less pay over the previous month as cargo at the ports have dropped and wait times have increased.

    Even during a global pandemic, truck drivers at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach continue to be illegally misclassified as independent contractors, leaving them without access to affordable health insurance, paid sick leave and other workplace protections. The Ports have the power to ensure the trucking companies are law-abiding partners, and Mayors Garcetti and Garcia can provide the Ports with that guidance. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters urges them to do so.
    https://teamster.org/news/2020/05/te...-truck-drivers

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    With low incoming volumes, the Port of LA expects to see a permanent loss of freight.

    Port of LA director fears permanent loss of imports
    The Port of Los Angeles has been battered by its slowest May since the recession of 2009.
    Year-over-year volume was down 30%, from the 828,662 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in May 2019 to 581,664 TEUs this year.
    “Key factors included America’s shutdown economically due to COVID-19’s pandemic. There’s less consumer purchasing, less U.S. manufacturing. We also see the continuing negative impact of the trade war between the United States and China and the policies that have been in place,” said Port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka.
    Seroka said as an example, “the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal calls for $36.5 billion worth of agricultural exports from the United States to China in year 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture projects that by September, after three-quarters of this year, that total will only be $8 billion, so we’re lagging behind in the commitments of this Phase One China trade deal by the principals.
    Seroka said 2020 volumes at the Port of LA are tracking 19% lower than the first five months of 2019.
    “For perspective, the San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles were down nearly 14% in the month of May and are lagging 2019 year-to-date by about 13%,” he said.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/po...cies.%E2%80%9D

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    Port volumes have dropped, and not just at the Port of LA.

    COVID-19 Continues to Damage Business at Nation’s Ports on Both Coasts
    The COVID-19 pandemic and Trump administration trade policies with China will result in at least a 15% drop in cargo this year at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest seaport.
    Gene Seroka, executive director at Port of Los Angeles, gave that forecast to reporters July 15 while discussing the impact of such events on one of California’s leading employment industries.
    He said he expects the port to move 7,911,000 20-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) containers this year compared with 9,337,632 in 2019.
    Seroka said in June the port processed 691,475 containers, which is a 9.6% drop compared with 764,777 in the same month a year ago, which was a record for the month of June.
    “The loss of market share impacts labor unions, many of California’s leading employers, including retail, trucking, warehouse and distribution centers, ports, railroads, marine terminals, and export industries such as agriculture and aerospace,” the report said.
    The situation was not shaping up any better on the East Coast.
    The Port of Virginia reported June container volumes fell 12% year-over-year, processing 210,669 TEUs compared with 239,329 the year before.
    Through the first five months of 2020, overall container volumes declined 18.8% compared to 2019.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/covi...ts-both-coasts

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    A few days late posting this. May he RIP

    Teamsters Mourn Loss of Port Truck Driver Ricardo Galindo

    It is with heavy hearts today that we mourn Ricardo Galindo, a Teamster Port Truck Driver at Pac9 and dedicated member of Teamsters Local 848 in California, who passed after a tragic accident at work this morning.

    Galindo dedicated 21 years of his life to port truck driving while fighting to bring dignity, justice and Teamster representation to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He embodied a true Teamster, and never wasted an opportunity to talk about the union difference.

    Galindo leaves behind a wife and four children; as well as a brother Jose, also a port truck driver at Pac9 and member of Local 848. He also leaves behind a legacy with his fellow members of Local 848 and the truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
    https://teamster.org/2020/08/teamste...cardo-galindo/

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    RIP brother Galindo

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    The port of LA is experiencing slow volumes. That means less work for everyone, the drivers, the longshoreman and every single business that deals with imports and exports.

    Port of LA records 11 straight months of declines
    July was good — 24% better than June — at the Port of Los Angeles, but volume was still down 6.11% year-over-year.
    The Port of LA moved 856,389 twenty-foot equivalent units in July compared to 912,154 TEUs in the same month in 2019. That brought the port’s seven-month total to 4,618,278 TEUs, down 15.3% from the 5,450,793 TEUs recorded between Jan. 1 and July 31, 2019.
    “The July volumes were good — seventh-best month in our 114-year history here at the Port of Los Angeles,” said Executive Director Gene Seroka, attributing the improvement from June “mainly to some replenishment through our omnichannel distribution system, our warehouses and our retail marketplaces.”
    “Exports continued their dismal performance,” he said. “Exports have been down 20 of the last 21 months, mainly on the heels of trade tensions with China and other policies.”
    Total volume has declined for 11 straight months, Seroka pointed out. “The dubious record is 15 consecutive months during the recession of ’08 and ’09, and it’s not a record we want to break.”
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/po...hs-of-declines

 

 
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