A division of trucking giant XPO Logistics has reached a settlement agreement with the National Labor Relations Board over unfair labor practice charges filed by truck drivers at the Port of Savannah.
Truckers fighting for collective bargaining say they have faced retaliation – and termination in some cases – by carriers for filing complaints with the National Labor Relations Board and for participating in lawful labor strikes.
Drivers for California Cartage Co and its subsidiaries allege the port companies, which haul about 10 percent of all freight at the Port of Los Angeles, have violated federal and state laws, alleging wage theft and driver misclassification.
Old Dominion truck driver Rhonda Hartman was the only woman selected to the American Trucking Associations "Road Team" – a 20-member all-star team of drivers that serve as industry ambassadors.
Both Penske and its drivers support a settlement in a nine-year class-action dispute over wages for meal and rest breaks. Final approval of the proposed deal is set for Feb. 27.
Recent court rulings against the California Trucking Association and Swift Transportation have dealt setbacks to the trucking industry’s practice of classifying drivers as independent contractors.
Safety groups are frustrated that the FMCSA doesn’t plan to require a minimum number of hours of real-world driving for new truck drivers.
A federal judge sided with a group of Swift Transportation drivers, who challenged the mega-carrier over its lease contracts. The plaintiffs’ attorney Dan Getman said the judge’s ruling that the drivers are employees, not independent contractors as Swift alleged, is a “significant win.”
Only two California-based motor carriers have signed up to participate in the state’s Motor Carrier Amnesty Program, which allows drayage companies that have misclassified truck drivers to change their work status to employees and pay them back wages.
Truck driving is among the deadliest professions in America. In 2015, 745 heavy and tractor-trailer drivers died in accidents or from other causes, more than any other occupation in the country.