Shippers Port Drivers Ratify First Contract


Local 848 port truck drivers working for Shippers Transport Express in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. Earlier this year, the drivers voted to join Local 848 in Glendora, Calif., and then immediately began working on a contract.

The contract includes an increase in wage rates by 17 percent, full medical insurance, a defined benefit pension plan, paid leave and a grievance procedure.

“Shippers drivers have a solid new Teamster contract because we stuck together,” said Alfonso Quezada, one of the three Shippers drivers elected to serve on the negotiating committee. “Now I can take my kids to the doctor without worrying how I’m going to pay for it.”

“Teamsters Local 848 is proud to represent Shippers drivers and looks forward to a productive relationship with the company in the years to come,” said Eric Tate, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 848.