Posts Tagged ‘Truck Drivers’

Dec
2016
5

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers
  Last month, a federal jury found Walmart guilty of intentionally failing to pay the minimum wage to California truck drivers for tasks like washing and inspecting their vehicles. The jury awarded $54 million in damages to the drivers. The lawsuit also accused the retail chain of inadequate compensation for layovers: More than 800 drivers...
Jul
2016
20

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification
  Three union organizers were ticketed by police last month for leafletting in the city of Port Wentworth, Georgia. Ben Speight and two of his fellow Teamsters brothers stood outside the gates of XPO Logistics — a recent foe of the union — in orange blaze safety vests. They were handing out flyers to truckers exiting the...
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Aug
2015
19

AFL-CIO Transportation Trades President: “We Have a Driver Fatigue Crisis”

AFL-CIO Transportation Trades President:
  Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that the Tracy Morgan car crash which killed one passenger was caused by speed and driver fatigue. The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) has responded with an official statement saying the findings should act as a “wake up call for federal regulators.”   The...
Feb
2015
11

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract
  One month after becoming properly classified as employees by their company, Shippers Transport Express (STE) truck drivers at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach have ratified their first contract.  Three days of collective bargaining led to a contract over the weekend. The one-year contract will cover all full- and part-time STE...
Feb
2015
4

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters
  After a two-year legal battle, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that seven Port of Los Angeles truckers are in fact employees, not independent contractors, and are owed more than $2 million in damages.  The affected drivers were part of five strikes against their companies.  The legal victory is a major win for [&hellip...
Nov
2014
6

Fedex Truck Drivers at South Brunswick Terminal Unionize, Become Second Success Story

Fedex Truck Drivers at South Brunswick Terminal Unionize, Become Second Success Story
  At a South Brunswick, New Jersey terminal a majority of the 113 truck drivers for FedEx Freight have voted to join Teamsters Local 701.  The final tally was 66-42 and comes less than a month after drivers at the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia made history by becoming the first group of drivers [&hellip...
Sep
2014
19

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide
  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join Teamsters Local 657.  Laredo is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is the busiest inland port in the United States with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.  It was the first organizing victory at the giant less-than-truckload [&hellip...
Sep
2014
2

Fedex’s Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court

Fedex's Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court
  In California last week, the Ninth Circuit of Appeal ruled in favor of 2,300 FedEx drivers who were illegally misclassified as independent contractors.  The class action lawsuit covers drivers who worked in California between 2000 and 2007.   While no monetary penalty or settlement has been announced, the ruling could potentially leave...
Jul
2014
7

Port Truckers in CA Strike “Indefinitely” Over Misclassification, Right to Unionize

Port Truckers in CA Strike
  MSNBC reports that California truck drivers for three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning to protest labor law violations.  Over 120 drivers are taking action at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the West Coast’s largest supply points which handle roughly 40 percent of the nation’s imports.  ...
Jun
2013
4

Savannah Truck Drivers, Feeling the Pain of Misclassification, Look to the Teamsters for Help

Savannah Truck Drivers, Feeling the Pain of Misclassification, Look to the Teamsters for Help
  Last weekend, truckers at the port of Savannah participated in a forum with community leaders in which they addressed working conditions at the Port of Savannah, one of the nation’s busiest port terminals.  At the heart of the matter is the misclassification of truckers as independent contractors which strips them of benefits and...