“Si se puede!” was continually chanted as picketers gathered at four terminals Tuesday morning to protest unfair labor treatment at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports as a strike that began Monday continues to roil port operations.
Alleging “wage theft” and unfair treatment, drivers from three Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles drayage firms will take part in a 48-hour strike.
A federal judge officially ruled last week that certain aspects of the Port of Los Angeles’ clean truck efforts could not be enforced by the entity, a decision that does not affect the Port of Long Beach’s Clean Trucks Program, but may have implications for labor issues currently brewing at the nation’s largest industrial complex.
Following a protest that drew hundreds on Monday, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union were formally asked to step down from their “Battle for OUR Benefits” protest after an arbitrator deemed their leaving of work in violation of their employment contract with the Pacific Maritime Association.
Longshoremen from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) who work for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) took a day off from working at the Port of Long Beach Monday to protest changes in healthcare processing that they say has left workers and their families with delayed or denied payments.