Drivers who have been misclassified as “independent contractors” by the Chinese-owned port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport filed a petition to be recognized first and foremost as employees, and to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union.
The demands of IBT drivers were officially announced during a press conference held in October at ITS marine terminal at the Port of Long Beach. According to trucker Jose Portillo, the company official that received the workers’ petition “threw it on the ground.” Workers then walked off the job, immediately going on strike for the second time.
Teamsters says the incorrect classification of truckers’ work status robs them of their rights, making them vulnerable to wage theft. Other port drivers who went on strike for the same reason (and to protest unfair labor practices) include workers from Pacific 9 Transportation and XPO Logistics.