LA Local 848 Teamsters Local Port Truck Drivers Strike Again for Better Working Conditions
bySTEPHANIE RIVERA JULY 21 2015 15:07in TRADE & TRANSPORTATION
Port truck drivers with the Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) began an indefinite strike Tuesday morning, protesting unsafe working conditions and the classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, resulting in what they say are stolen wages.
The strike began at 6:00AM on Tuesday, July 21, and was scheduled to continue at the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles terminals.
“The company refuses to recognize us as employees, refuses to provide us with safe and reliable trucks, and refuses to improve our work environment,” said Pac 9 driver Pedro Martinez in a statement.
The drivers have received the support from the Teamsters Union and will also be working with Teamster companies while on strike, including Eco Flow Transportation, Shippers Transport Express, Toll Group and Horizon Lines, according to a press release.
About 10 people were picketing at the Port of Los Angeles Tra-Pac marine terminal, causing "very minor traffic delays on occasion," according to port spokesman Phillip Sanfield.
“Pac 9 drivers have courageously withstood retaliation and mistreatment by their employer for over two years, but these drivers refuse to back down from their fight for justice,” said Fred Potter, Teamsters Port Division Director. “The Teamsters Union continues to support their efforts every step of the way.”
This is the sixth time that Pac 9 drivers have gone on strike to improve working conditions, according to the release.
About 40 port drivers have wage and hour hearings scheduled in the upcoming days before the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the release stated.
Photos by Stephanie Rivera.
City News Service contributed to this report.Tags: LA Port Truckers
The labor protest movement that fast-food workers in New York City began nearly three years ago has led to higher wages for workers all across the country. On Wednesday, it paid off for the people who started it.
A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommended on Wednesday that the minimum wage be raised for employees of fast-food chain restaurants throughout the state to $15 an hour over the next few years. Wages would be raised faster in New York City than in the rest of the state to account for the higher cost of living there.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 over the next five years. The move was expected after city council had passed the legislation by a near unanimous vote.
The minimum wage is already set to increase to $10 per hour across California in 2016.
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UPS Inc. announced it is making collision-mitigation technology from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems standard equipment on every Class 8 tractor the company orders. Atlanta-based UPS plans to take delivery of more than 2,600 new tractors this year. The technology includes lane-departure warnings, electronic stability control and air disc brakes. The systems also can alert drivers to objects in front of the tractor and to moving objects around the vehicle.
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Some JFK, La Guardia SEIU 32BJ Airport Workers Plan Walk Out Starting Wednesday
More than 1,000 security officers, baggage handlers and other subcontracted employees plan to walk off job
Cars on the Grand Central Parkway pass LaGuardia Airport in New York in January 2015. PHOTO: KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
By SARAH CRICHTON
Updated July 21, 2015 3:45 p.m. ET
More than 1,000 security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants plan to walk off the job for 24 hours at New York City’s John F. Kennedy and La Guardia Airports, workers and union officials announced Tuesday.
The action has been brought by airport workers for Delta subcontractor Aviation Safeguards, said officials with Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ.
Workers said they will start walking off the job at 10 p.m. Wednesday and will picket and hold rallies at JFK and La Guardia airports throughout the 24-hour period.
Hector Figueroa, 32BJ’s president, said the workers are attempting to form a recognized union and “have not yet won recognition of their bargaining status.”
“They have expressed that they want 32BJ as their representative and obviously we support that,” he said.
Craig Coy, chief executive officer of Command Security Corporation and its subsidiary Aviation Safeguards, said the company believes the workers haven’t followed proper procedures to organize.
“Our view is the employees should have the legal right to choose rather than have it forced on them,” he said.
In a statement, the Port Authority said it had taken significant steps in recent years to encourage wage and benefit increases for employees of airline contractors at its airports and “will work to avoid disruptions of airline operations at PA airports.”
American Airlines Group Inc. said that it wasn't anticipating disruptions.
A Delta Air Lines Inc. spokeswoman said, “While Aviation Safeguards and SEIU 32BJ continue to discuss their concerns, Delta will be taking measures to ensure that our more than 35,000 customers booked through LaGuardia on Thursday are not affected. We will continue to update our customers on the latest developments.”
United Continental Holdings Inc. has “contingency plans in place” at both LaGuardia and JFK, a spokesman said, adding that the company isn’t expecting significant impact.
—Susan Carey contributed to this articleTags: airport workers
Uber exec says Clinton will 'embrace' gig economy
By David McCabe - 07/21/15 12:12 PM EDT
An Uber executive and former top adviser to President Obama said Tuesday that he believed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would come to embrace the burgeoning "gig economy."
Clinton said in an economic policy speech last week that the “on-demand, or so-called 'gig economy,' is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it's also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future."
“I think that was an overblown reaction,” saidDavid Plouffe, a strategic adviser to Uber and Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, on “CBS This Morning" when asked about her comments, which some see as an attack on companies like Uber and Airbnb. “She also said very positive things about it, and my suspicion over time is you will see her embrace what this means.”
“Particularly she has talked a lot in her career about flexibility,” he said. “There’s nothing like this in the economy, what Uber provides. You drive whenever you want.”
But Plouffe’s remarks hinted at a rebuke to some Republican presidential candidates who have seized upon Clinton’s comments as evidence that she is wholeheartedly opposed to Silicon Valley’s culture of innovation.
“Secretary Clinton’s antiquated proposals protect the special interests that want to stifle American ingenuity and 21st Century companies like Uber that are creating jobs,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a statement after her speech.
Clinton aides have disputed that characterization.
“She’s not calling out specific sectors, or any one company, but is addressing an economy-wide problem that has existed for years,” Stephanie Hannon, the Clinton campaign’s CTO, said in a post on Medium. “We’ve seen some employers take advantage of vulnerable workers in industries like construction, janitorial services, agriculture, and even home healthcare.”
At issue is the question of whether workers for companies like Uber are independent contractors, as the firms claim. Contractors don’t get the same benefits and protections as employees.
Advocates say that the companies have significant control over their workers — the measure of whether someone is an independent contractor or not. The companies argue that workers have flexibility over the work they do, including controlling their own hours and being able to work for competing companies at the same time.
For the most part, Democrats have been hesitant to attack the companies even while they call for a crackdown on the misclassification of contractors more broadly.
Clinton has remained mum on what specific policies she would propose to address the status of workers in the on-demand economy. During a discussion on Facebook on Monday, she suggested that she would support policy proposals that make benefits more portable for workers.Tags: UberClinton
7/27 Picket Rally Against Racist Hanging Noose At SF Recology
Enough Is Enough!
Stop Racist Noose Incidents &
Workplace Bullying At
Monday July 27, 2015 12:00 Noon
Recology Company 501 Tunnel Avenue, SF
Daryle Washington, an IBT 350 member and worker at the Recology Company in San Francisco has faced a hanging noose and other racist attacks at the Recology Company. For speaking up against these assaults Washington faced retaliation and workplace bullying when he blew the whistle on these racist incidents against him and other workers at the facility.
We call for Recology to immediately take action to stop these incidents and end the retaliation against Daryle Washington.
Other workers and trade unionists will be speaking out against the continuing hanging noose incidents and also the epidemic of workplace bullying.
Stop Workplace Bulling Group
United Public Workers For Action
Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Endorsed by Michelle Smith, Bully Free Workplace, Derrick Boutte, James Charas, Harold Fong, Brenda Barros, Daz Lamparas, Carrie ClarkTags: Racist Hanging Noose
Pickets returned to the Minneapolis Warehouse District on Saturday, nearly 81 years to the day after a strike there turned violent when police shot 67 truckers, killing two and sparking the city’s labor movement.Their cause this time: To remember the events of July 20, 1934, by dedicating a plaque on the side of the Sherwin Williams building on 3rd Street N., where striker Henry Ness was killed by officers. Click here to read more.Issues: Labor Movement
Some local construction sites may not be receiving concrete Thursday after about 80 metro-east laborers went on strike Thursday morning.
The Teamsters Union Local 50 in Swansea announced the work stoppage after members had been delivering ready-mix concrete while working without a contract for the past year and a half. Union president Scott Alexander said the laborers were no closer to a settlement over their wages, pension and health care benefits.
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