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The port trucking sector in Southern California is a critical hub of the global economy.  40% of the goods entering the United States come through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and most of these containerized goods are hauled out of the port by the 11,000 port truck drivers doing business at the harbors of San Pedro Bay.

In the past four years the model of contracting with drivers and charging them with business-related expenses has come under legal challenge. Drivers have filed hundreds of wage claims and individual suits alleging misclassification.   Dozens of class action lawsuits have challenged this model at some of the most important trucking companies at the port. In almost every case where these issues have come before a judge or hearing officer, the model of contracting these jobs has been found to be illegal.

As the sector rapidly changes, we have established PortInnovations as a source of news and analysis on the latest findings and rulings from the courts, state regulators, administrative agencies, as well as the innovations that the drayage sector is making to deal with issues of competition and compliance.  We envision that this will become a place for industry, legal and regulatory players to keep up on the latest innovations in drayage, with an eye to a future where the sector benefits everybody- drivers, shippers, trucking companies and harbor communities.

PortInnovations is a project of The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s Project for Clean and Safe Ports. LAANE has been working for over seven years to bring community, labor and environmental stakeholders together for a better harbor region.  LAANE is dedicated to supporting the establishment and maintenance of a clean truck fleet at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and to support fair working conditions for port truck drivers.

 

 

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