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.
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.