Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Truckers Conduct Work Stoppage at Oakland Port

Hundreds of drayage truck drivers who are part of an organization called the Port of Oakland Truckers Association conducted a work stoppage at the port Oct. 21 to protest what they call unsafe working conditions and unfair compensation.

Multiple terminals at the port had their operations shut down or slowed by the protest, which began at 5 am.

The Truckers Association, which is made up of independent owner-operator drivers who are paid by the load and responsible for their own gas, insurance and truck maintenance, is calling for a $50 monthly “green emissions fee” to offset the cost of upgrading trucks to meet new exhaust standards that are planned go into effect Jan. 1.

The group is also asking for an extension of the Jan. 1 compliance date and a congestion fee compensating truckers for hours currently spent waiting unpaid for a load, as well as an increase in pay per cargo load, something that hasn’t taken place in 10 years, according to the group.

“We want to put an end to inhumane treatment,” the Association said in a statement. “We need safer conditions and better compensation.”

According to the Port of Oakland, about 6,800 drivers are registered do business there; the Truckers Association says it has about 350 members so far.