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