Today, the nation’s port truck drivers are on strike, standing up and sticking together to put an end to sweatshop-like conditions and harassment at work.
These port truck drivers are bravely putting themselves out there to stop such treatment–happening right here in America. But they need our help.
Workers like Dennis Martinez and Byron Contreras, on strike at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long beach, are two of the many who handle more than 40% of the clothing, food, medicine, and other important goods that the U.S. imports from overseas, that comes in through these ports.
The truckers on strike have vowed to continue striking until the abuses they suffer at work are stopped. They are no longer willing to stay silent while being stripped of basic civil rights at work, made possible due to an illegal misclassification scam that their employers and powerful big business interests have schemed up.
What exactly does that mean? Well, the drivers have to pay their employers to work. Trucking companies deduct all of their expenses from the truckers’ paychecks, including the cost of fuel, insurance, truck lease, and maintenance. The employers are even charging them to park their trucks at their own truck yard!
While all of this is going on, giant retailers like Walmart continue getting richer off of the hard work of these port truck drivers. Without the drivers, big box stores and other retailers wouldn’t have any merchandise in their stores. So why are they being mistreated so badly?
Emboldened by their fellow workers at Walmart and Fast Food restaurants around the country who have stood up for their rights, the port truck drivers have joined the movement, even in the face of death threats and firings. Federal and state authorities have also called out the trucking companies, issuing formal complaints about wage theft and other mistreatment, but the companies continue to break the law.
This is in fact the fourth time in 11 months that the drivers have gone on strike. They continue to do so in order to give their families a better life, and improve the working environment for thousands of truckers across the United States, who keep our country and economy rolling.
These brave workers need financial support to make up for wages that they aren’t earning while on strike. They’re risking everything to make our country a more fair and just place and could use our help.
Please help your brothers and sisters by watching this video and contributing to the Justice for Port Drivers Hardship Fund. All donations will go to support port drivers like Byron and Denniswho are on the front lines of the strike.
Contributions can be made to Labor Community Services AFL-CIO, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) the port campaign has an agreement with to hold and properly distribute funds that is affiliated with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Contributions to the Port Drivers Hardship Fund can be made in one of two ways:
- Contribute online via PayPal at www.laborcommunityservicesla.org, or
- Mail a check made out to “Labor Community Services” and include “Justice for Port Drivers Hardship Fund” in the memo. Please mail checks to:
Labor Community Services AFL-CIO
2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
ATTN: Justice for Port Drivers Hardship Fund