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With Freight Slowing and Tensions Mounting, Port Strike Expands

(Charlie Morasch – Land Line)

With holiday freight movement slowing and tensions rising surrounding labor issues at the West Coast’s largest port, a protest and strike by truck drivers at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have expanded.

According to the Justice for LA/Long Beach Port Drivers organization, truck drivers from three additional port trucking companies have joined an ongoing labor strike to protest the improper classification of independent contractors. Goods movement has been slow for weeks, though different parties have pointed fingers at striking drivers and dock workers, inefficient chassis and truck processes and larger freight ships.

Port of Los Angeles Spokesman Phillip Sanfield said freight is moving slowly at the port for a variety of reasons. Read more here.