Normally, we wouldn’t have anything to say about a strike at the Port of Los Angeles. Apparently, the truckers who move goods from the port to their destination complain they are being classified as contractors instead of employees.
However, truckers at the Port of Savannah are also threatening to do the same thing.
Union officials said that the issue comes down to pay for work where a full-time employee would make considerably more than an independent driver – this despite the union’s claim that drivers haul $4 billion worth of cargo per day. Union officials are calling this classification illegal.
The local union will be holding a demonstration involving local drivers on Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is expected to accompany a press conference at the ports authority headquarters in Garden City.
What do full time employees get that independent contractors don’t? We’re guessing Obamacare or company insurance coverage for one. And don’t forget the Teamsters Union, which gets one more dues-paying member for every trucker who becomes an employee of one of the trucking companies.