Strike ceases at LA and Long Beach


A nine-day trucker strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has come to an end after truck drivers from two companies agreed to return to work.

The drivers, who work for manufacturer and distributor Pacer International and Harbor Rail Transport, have vowed to continue discussions with their colleagues, and will not retaliate against drivers who choose to walk away from their jobs.

Strikes at the ports began on November 13, 2014, after drivers from several firms said they were improperly classified as independent contractors, according to the Los Angeles Times.

As a result, drivers claimed they were left with fewer workplace protections and lower pay in comparison to workers who remained working for a company.

Following negotiations with drivers from other firms, drivers from the other five firms stopped striking before November 21, 2014.

Cargo has not been disrupted since the strikes began and container terminals have remained open to trade.

Strike ceases at LA and Long Beach. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

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