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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Port truck drivers from 3 firms on strike

Truck drivers usually have challenging times with workers' compensation claims. Being off-premises most of the time and at high risk for transportation accidents on the road create complex factual situations. Worker's Compensation insurance carriers notoriously challenge truck driver claims. .'sToday's post was shared by Steven Greenhouse and comes from www.latimes.com

Port truck drivers from three Carson-based firms went on strike Monday, alleging unfair labor practices by their employers, union organizers said.
Truck drivers from Green Fleet Systems allege their employer has in recent months retaliated against them for their efforts in seeking to unionize, organizers said.
This is their second strike in less than three months. In late August, truck drivers went on a 24-hour strike that ended with a rally with clergy before returning to work.
The other trucking firms being picketed are Pac 9 Transportation and American Logistics International, both based in Carson.
Alex Cherin, a spokesman for Green Fleet and Pac 9, characterized the strikes as "the desperate acts of a group trying to force their agenda on an industry that time and time again has simply rejected them."
Cherin said the majority of employees and drivers at Green Fleet do not want a union. In a statement, he said the company offers its employees competitive wages and benefits. "Because of this, and because of our demonstrated safety record, the overwhelming majority of our drivers vehemently and passionately have voiced their opposition to the current strike and organization effort."
Union organizers said they plan to picket the three firms for 36 hours.
The dispute between organizers and the firm centers over charges of unfair labor practices. Organizers said truck drivers have been harassed and intimidated by Green Fleet management as...
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