Work stoppage discussed at California ports

| 7/13/2005

In California, there are unsigned leaflets circulating at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that announce a July 23rd meeting to discuss a possible work stoppage by some truck drivers.

According to Reuters, the proposed one-day stoppage would be a protest about new, over-night shifts and the payment of surcharges on weekend deliveries.

The longshoreman’s union has already won premium pay for night-shift work. But about 10,000 short-haul, owner-operators don’t receive the higher nighttime pay.

Port officials fear that even a one-day stoppage could cause major disruptions – just as the ports go into the busiest shipping season of the year.