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Teamsters Hold Food, PPE Distribution for Port Truck Drivers

(SAN PEDRO, Calif.)— 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.

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. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation. This fact sheet will be updated online as needed. See links at the end of this fact sheet for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly within the United States. The outbreak has been declared a national emergency in the United States and a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. This has changed the employment landscape across the country. As COVID-19 continues to spread, employers and employees should know about laws and recommendations that govern COVID-19 in the workplace.

On NPR's Morning Edition today, Michael Whitehead, a port truck driver in California, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 at the ports. Michael is a misclassified port truck driver. Misclassification is an illegal practice that companies employ to avoid basic workplace protections like minimum wage, health insurance, disability and more. The Teamsters Union is standing with port workers, assisting with resources in English and Spanish so that they can apply for unemployment benefits.

Port Truck Driver Featured on NPR's Morning Edition

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On NPR's Morning Edition today, Michael Whitehead, a port truck driver in California, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 at the ports. Michael is a misclassified port truck driver. Misclassification is an illegal practice that companies employ to avoid basic workplace protections like minimum wage, health insurance, disability and more. The Teamsters Union is standing with port workers, assisting with resources in English and Spanish so that they can apply for unemployment benefits.

Survey for Port Drivers During COVID-19

Justice for Port Drivers is conducting a survey of port truck drivers in the greater Los Angeles area about their experiences with the coronavirus outbreak. The information gathered will help protect port drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. All responses will be kept confidential. To fill out the survey, click here.

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