Misclassified As Independent Contractors, Drivers Fight To Become Employees
Port truck drivers at Pac 9 in Los Angeles/Long Beach began a strike today to protest against their continued misclassification as independent contractors. While on strike they will continue their legal fight to recoup stolen wages and many will support their families by working at one of four Teamster companies - Eco Flow Transportation, Shippers Transport Express, Toll Group or Horizon Lines.
"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, Director of the Teamsters Port Division and International Vice President. "The Teamsters Union continues to support the drivers efforts every step of the way."
Misclassifying employee drivers as independent contractors is the strategy that the drayage industry has used to steal from the vast majority of the more than 10,000 port truck drivers that serve the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and ports across America. Drivers have filed claims for wage theft and sued, and change is starting to come as companies like Shippers Transport Express and Eco Flow Transportation have done the right thing and converted to an employee model.
"I'm tired of misclassification and abuse, and I won't keep paying for that truck because it's too dangerous," said Fariborz Rostamian, a misclassified Pac 9 driver for the past ten years. "This has to end, we deserve respect."
Please sign the petition to Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti to demand fairness at the ports: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/put-an-end-to-lawbreaking-at-la-and-long-beach-ports?source=IBTnatl For more information about the port truck driver strike, see www.facebook.com/Justice4PortDrivers