More than 120 truck drivers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports walked off the job Monday morning, organizers said, launching an indefinite protest against what they say are widespread workplace violations.
The picket lines are the largest demonstration yet against several regional truck companies that haul freight from the nation's largest port complex. Drivers argue they are improperly classified as independent contractors, leaving them with fewer workplace protections and lower pay than if they were company employees, protest organizers said.
Unlike previous protests, organizers haven't set an end date. Monday's picket lines, backed by
It is the fourth such protest in the last year. Drivers plan to picket at the firms' trucking yards and then follow the rigs to port terminals. The protests had not disrupted operations at the
The action comes as nearly 20,000 West Coast dockworkers are working without a contract.
It wasn't immediately clear if dockworkers would honor Monday's picket lines.
In a joint news release, issued July 1, the longshoremen's union and the maritime association pledged to keep cargo moving until an agreement was reached.