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Wildcat Truckers Strike Hits Port of Seattle – Hundreds Walk Off

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2012 by highboldtage

update feb 13 demonstration slideshow:

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Rally-to-support-Port-truck-drivers-3312949.php#photo-2484745

article on feb 13 demo:

http://today.seattletimes.com/2012/02/port-truckers-gain-support-at-rally-along-the-duwamish/

update: via king5.com thur feb 9

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle says the strike by hundreds of truck drivers is having an impact and the movement looks like it keeps growing.  The more than 100 drivers picketing outside the Union Pacific rail yard Thursday say they need to make more money and need to be safe doing it. 

http://www.king5.com/news/Port-139060114.html

update Rally to Support the Truckers called for Monday Feb 13:

Seattle Port Trucker Strike Rally!Public Event · By Seattle Solidarity.

Monday, February 13, 2012.9:00am until 12:00pm.. E. Marginal Way and Hanford, under the viaduct

Over the last two weeks non-unionized short-haul truckers at the port have refused to work until they receive better treatment. For months they’ve been trying to build an association to fight back. These mostly immigrant workers face horrendous conditions on the ports – e…xtremely low pay, harassment from law enforcement and trucking companies, exorbitant fees charged by the companies that more than once have resulted in “negative” paychecks for the drivers.

Because of this they’ve stopped work, first at just one company, but it has since spread to many companies, slowing all traffic at the port. They’ve asked us to support them at a strike rally they’ll hold on Monday. We’ll be there with banners and flyers. Their situation is desperate, and it’s extremely important we show solidarity, we’re there to say “We support the Seattle truck drivers and their association.”

Depending on how their actions go there may be future ways we can help out. People from Occupy have also organized a food drive for the truckers – who aren’t making any money while they’re out. Please feel free to bring some donations of non-perishable food, diapers, baby wipes and etc – for the striking truckers and their families

*SEE YOU MONDAY!*

https://www.facebook.com/events/251667024907923/

“SEATTLE — Hundreds of truck drivers at the Port of Seattle have walked off the job and lawmakers are deciding if they need to take action.”

http://www.king5.com/news/investigators/Investigators-risky-rigs-folo-138695099.html

“Drivers at several trucking companies that haul containers between the port and intermodal rail yards are refusing loads because they charge the companies they contract with are paying them less than the market rate in the harbor area.

Harbor trucking companies normally negotiate a drayage rate with shipping lines or cargo interests. The general practice is for the trucking company to keep a percentage of the rate and then pass the rest on to the drivers. In this instance, drivers say some motor carriers are retaining a higher percentage of the drayage rate than is customary in Puget Sound.”

http://www.joc.com/portsterminals/port-drivers-step-pressure-seattle

“As many as 30 or 40 percent of the short-haul truckers who normally move containers from docks to railcar terminals at the Port of Seattle have stopped working.  

The work stoppage comes after one of the drivers was retaliated against for attending a hearing in Olympia last week on a proposal to improve their working conditions.

They’re independent contractors, who are predominantly immigrants, and say the conditions they’re forced to contend with make the job unsafe.  

Community groups are now rallying in their support.”

http://kplu.org/post/faith-and-community-groups-rallying-short-haul-truckers

“Waterfront truckers are typically classified as “independent contractors” and paid $40 to $44 per load. After spending money to insure and maintain their aging trucks, drivers average around $30,000 a year net income. They are not allowed to use restrooms at the port gates, and say they are sometimes called the N-word or animals.

“It looks like Alabama — this is in Seattle, West Seattle!” said Aynalem Moba, a leader in the new Seattle Port Truckers Association.”

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2017408835_port_truckers_stay_off_work_to.html

Driven by  a broken economic system, port truck drivers in Seattle and Tacoma are robbed of basic protections afforded other types of workers in the United States and paid as little as $10 or $11 an hour. Low-wage port truck drivers are forced to carry the entire cost of owning and maintaining their own trucks and are often only able to afford to oldest and dirtiest trucks available. As a result, communities located near ports or along major truck routes are saturated by toxic, deadly diesel pollution.

The Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports is a local and national alliance of environmental activists, truck drivers, faith leaders, labor unions and community advocates fighting for environmental and economic justice at our nation’s ports.

http://cleanandsafeports.org/seattletacoma/

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma sit 25 miles apart on Puget Sound. Together, they form the third largest container load center in North America, trailing only the Port of New York and New Jersey and the adjacent Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.1

• The total value of the Portʼs maritime imports and exports annually exceeds $56 billion dollars.

• 70% of the goods arriving in Puget Sound ultimately end up in the Midwest; Puget Sound ports
principally serve as a transit point for goods moving from East Asia to Midwestern retailers.

• The Portsʼ principle imports are toys, cars, sports equipment, clothing and electronics.

• In 2009, the Ports moved roughly 1,700,000 containers.
The vast majority of cargo handled at the Ports is moved between the region’s marine terminals, warehouses and rail yards by diesel trucks. Port officials counted 3,259 of these trucks serving the Port of Tacoma in 2010 and 1,416 serving one of Seattle’s four terminals in 2008.5 6 After discounting for infrequent visitors and drivers that visit both ports, the Port of Tacoma and Seattle terminals are routinely served by an estimated 2,000-2,500 drivers.

• The most recent study of port drivers in Puget Sound was conducted in 2006, just before the
economic downturn. Even so, the survey found that the median income of drivers working at the Port
of Seattle was $28,500 per year.

• More than half reported working longer than the legal limit of 11 hours per day. The typical driver is married, in his forties, and has children.  The misclassification of port truck drivers has allowed industry to shift the responsibility of the truck purchase and maintenance over to individual workers. These low-wage earners have purchased the only vehicles they can afford: old, dilapidated rigs. Unable to afford proper maintenance, these vehicles become more polluting and unsafe with every passing year.

• An estimated 95% of the nationʼs 110,000 port trucks fail to meet current U.S. EPA emission
standards, increasing diesel pollution by one thousand percent.

• In the immediate port-adjacent neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown, the EPA has found
that cancer risk is 27 times higher than the national average.10 Dioxin from diesel burning trucks is reported to be one of the principle culprits.

• Similarly, the concentration of fine particulate matter – one of the principle pollutes emitted by diesel trucks – in Georgetown appears to be the highest in the region.   Because of the high concentrations of particulates, residents are at elevated risk for asthma, cancer, heart disease, and other life threatening diseases.

http://cleanandsafeports.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Seattle_Backgrounder2012.pdf

VIDEO:  Demeke “Yared” Meconnen Seattle Port Truck Driver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri42gaN-8_Q

VIDEO:  Abdulhakim Mussid: Seattle Port Truck Driver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNF6YF9iJPQ

VIDEO:  Prayer Breakfast for Port of Seattle Truck Drivers (2010)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YshdHzNo5cM

Occupy Seattle:

http://www.facebook.com/OccupySeattle/posts/349284271758480

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Granite Construction Strike Possible

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 15, 2009 by highboldtage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
PAUL TEA (775) 348-6060 ext. 18

HOT AUGUST STRIKE
Teamsters Union prepares to strike Granite Construction in the west
Contract extension expires at midnight tonight

The workers unanimously voted to authorize a strike weeks ago. Granite’s final offer was presented to the membership on Friday evening, Aug. 14. They again unanimously voted to strike.

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada/AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions have voted to support a Teamsters walkout. This could mean a shutdown of both private and public construction jobs in Local 533’s huge jurisdiction as well as in other markets where Granite does business.


 
Teamsters Local 533 represents 2,300 workers at a wide range of public and private sector organizations throughout northern Nevada and eastern California. The union’s jurisdiction covers 180,000 square miles, from Bishop, Calif., to Tonopah and Ely, Nev., on the south, Cedarville, Calif., to the northwest and the Nevada/Idaho/Utah border to the east.

Local 533 drivers bring concrete and asphalt to construction sites and haul waste material away. Without them, construction shuts down.

“Granite’s proposal would bring our workers perilously close to the inflation-adjusted minimum wage,” Tea added.

The buying power of the U.S. minimum wage peaked in 1968. Adjusted for the cost of living, the $1.60 rate from 1968 becomes $9.90 in 2009 dollars, just $3.10 away from Granite’s rock-bottom offer.
http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm

“Their proposals are uniformly outrageous, but the pay cut is the backbreaker,” Tea said.

“The union allowed early re-opening of contract talks when we did not have to. We wanted  plenty of time to work things out. Granite quickly set its positions in cement and has refused to move. They want to eliminate the Teamsters hiring hall, gut grievance procedures and cut back our scope of work,” Tea noted.

“We are proud that other unions will stand with us in preventing this cancer from spreading nationwide,” Tea asserted.

“We will not let Granite become a modern-day robber baron, using tough economic times to exploit working people when the company is making lots of money,” Tea stated.

Last year, Granite’s profits increased 9.2 percent over 2007 to $122.4 million, according to Fortune/CNNmoney.com. Granite ranks as number 738 in Fortune magazine’s latest list of the 1,000-largest companies in the United States.
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2009/snapshots/1040 6.html

Granite reported a gross profit of 18 percent on total western U.S. revenues in the second quarter of 2009.
http://www.graniteconstruction.com/investor-relations/news-release.cf m?ReleaseID=399902

RENO (Aug. 15) — A strike by Teamsters Union drivers could shut down giant Granite Construction in California and Nevada anytime after midnight tonight.

Contract talks between Teamsters Local 533 and the huge national company broke down last Thursday.

“They have been negotiating in bad faith and I told them so,” stated union secretary-treasurer Paul Tea.

“They want our drivers to take an $8.00 an hour pay cut on private sector work, from $21 down to $13 an hour. Granite is very profitable and has been winning bids at the pay rates under the contract which expired on July 31, so we cannot see how they can make such a family-devastating demand. They have failed to give us any information which would justify such a drastic cut,” Tea added.

“We have offered a wage freeze. Our members have helped the company to be profitable and deserve to be paid an honest wage for their labor,” Tea said.

“We even brought in negotiators from our international union to try to resolve the impasse, but Granite’s conduct has shown they don’t want resolution, they want confrontation. Such tactics are not new. We only represent about 60 drivers, a very small number of this huge company’s workforce. This would not be the first time that an employer has targeted a few to abuse as examples in order to bludgeon workers in larger markets,” Tea added.

“They can’t call our bluff because the Teamsters don’t bluff,” Tea stated.

Oak Harbor Freight Teamsters Protest at Gap Headquarters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 30, 2008 by highboldtage

Oak Harbor Freight Teamsters Protest at Gap Headquarters

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, Teamsters rappelled down the side of a building adjacent to The Gap’s headquarters in San Francisco to bring attention to the company’s support of union-busting freight firm Oak Harbor Freight Lines. Oak Harbor Freight Lines, the company that transports Gap merchandise on the West Coast, recently cut health care benefits for its workers and retirees.
“We are here today at Gap Inc. to let the people of San Francisco, and the country, know that Gap, Inc. supports union-busters,” said Dan Jurpik, a striking worker who participated in the banner drop. “I have worked for Oak Harbor for 14 years. Now they are slashing our health care and bringing in professional strikebreakers to coerce and scare loyal long-time employees.”

http://news.findlaw.com/prnewswire/20081021/21oct20081357.html

Truckers Protest – Republican Convention St. Paul

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Republican National Convention Protest

 http://urlet.com/reserved.preface or:

http://truckersandcitizensunited.theamericandriver.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=28

 

 

This September the Republican National Convention is coming to St Paul, MN…it is our chance to let whoever gets into the white house in November know:

Rising fuel prices are putting us out of business!

Rising fuel prices don’t just effect drivers – they effect everyone when the higher costs are passed on to consumers in the price of food, the price of clothing, and other essentials!

It is time the US Government begins focusing on economic issues at home!

When Shell and Exxon Mobile are raking in record profits, drivers and consumers are getting squeezed out!

JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 2ND TO SAY ENOUGH! TRUCKERS AND CITIZENS OF AMERICA CAN’T FOOT THE BILL FOR SURGING OIL SPECULATION!

Meeting Place and Time: Sept 2nd (Time To Be Announced)
Ikea Parking Lot Entrance on Lindau LN.
Maps and routes will be handed out at the starting point.

Protest Organizers

Contact Information:

The American Driver
“Truckers and Citizens of America”
Michael (JB) Schaffner
940-923-3267
TheAmericanDriver@yahoo.com
Students for a Democratic Society
Lorenzo Serna
701-420-0879
SeptemberProtest@gmail.com 

 

SUPPORTERS

Students for a Democratic Society Chapters:
UND ; MSU Moorhead ;

Arkansas Independent Truck Drivers Association
Director: Karaga “Red” Jackson

Poor Peoples Economic Fight For Life
Lead Organizer: Cheri Honkala

Port Drivers Federation 18

 

 

Republican National Convention Truckers Protest

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Republican National Convention Protest

 

 

This September the Republican National Convention is coming to St Paul, MN…it is our chance to let whoever gets into the white house in November know:

Rising fuel prices are putting us out of business!

Rising fuel prices don’t just effect drivers – they effect everyone when the higher costs are passed on to consumers in the price of food, the price of clothing, and other essentials!

It is time the US Government begins focusing on economic issues at home!

When Shell and Exxon Mobile are raking in record profits, drivers and consumers are getting squeezed out!

JOIN US ON THE HIGHWAY SEPTEMBER 2ND TO SAY ENOUGH! DRIVERS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN’T FOOT THE BILL FOR SURGING OIL SPECULATION!

Meeting Place and Time: Sept 2nd (Time To Be Announced)
Ikea Parking Lot Entrance on 22nd Ave and Lindau LN.
Maps and routes will be handed out at the starting point.

Protest Organizers

Contact Information:

The American Driver
“Truckers and Citizens of America”
Michael (JB) Schaffner
940-923-3267
TheAmericanDriver@yahoo.com
Students for a Democratic Society
Lorenzo Serna
701-420-0879
SeptemberProtest@gmail.com 

 

SUPPORTERS

Arkansas Independent Truck Drivers Association
Director: Karaga “Red” Jackson

Poor Peoples Economic Fight For Life
Lead Organizer: Cheri Honkala

http://urlet.com/reserved.preface

http://truckersandcitizensunited.theamericandriver.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=28

 

 

Trucker Protests

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British truckers protest fuel prices in London

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of truckers drove to Britain’s Parliament on Wednesday to protest the rising cost of fuel.

Police closed a section of a highway into the capital to let the trucks gather, then escorted the 200 trucks in convoys of 20 into the center of town. Dozens of protesters on foot gathered outside the Houses of Parliament, waiting to go inside to lobby members of Parliament and holding placards that said “Fair Play on Fuel.”

http://urlet.com/keno.sensitive

Millions of Indian truckers go on strike to protest rising fuel prices, road tolls

The Associated Press Published: July 2, 2008

 NEW DELHI: Millions of truck drivers went on strike across India on Wednesday to protest rising fuel prices and road tolls, union leaders said, in a move that could paralyze much of the Indian economy.

http://urlet.com/gold.auditing

Truckers Rolling on Harrisburg PA, JUNE 23rd

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Truckers Rolling on Harrisburg PA, JUNE 23rd

 

RALLY AT THE GABLES JUNE 22ND EXIT 77 Off I 81 at 2pm We are talking about whats going on for Harrisburg.

TACU is Going back to Harrisburg, Pa June 23rd

TACU Is Rolling on Harrisburg PA, JUNE 23rd. at 8:30 am.
Join us at the Gables I 81 exit 77 At 6:30 am we are Coordinating the Convoy. We are Leaving Gables truck Stop 8:30 am Sharp to go To Harrisburg, PA We are bringing the fight back to Harrisburg, PA. 1. To end the I-80 toll issue. 2. Stop the lease of the P.A Turnpike 3. The Ongoing fight to lower fuel costs   

www.truckersandcitizensunited.net

Reach our National reps at:
Mark Kirsch Director TACU 717-717-821-2013
Ronald Wenger 717-821-6237
Leon Martin -717-507-6587
Mike Groff 717–821-4664
Charlie Claburn NY TACU Director 518-810-1776
http://www.truckersandcitizensunited.net

Harrisburg Flyer

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