Short-haul drivers who work for Intermodal Bridge Transport at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles went on strike on April 20 for the third time in 12 months. The drivers are seeking to be classified as employees instead of independent contractors. An NLRB Regional Director issued a complaint against the company, alleging the drivers are misclassified as independent contractors, inhibiting them from engaging in union activity. The strike is part of the Teamsters’ Justice for Port Truck Drivers campaign, aimed at reclassifying the drivers as employees.
Verizon landline workers walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement on a labor contract covering more than 36,000 workers. Verizon had been negotiating the terms of 27 collective bargaining agreements covering 29,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and nearly 10,000 workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The strike could reportedly delay billing and technical-support calls as well as disrupt installation for Internet and pay-TV subscribers from Massachusetts to Virginia. Members of the CWA and IBEW picketed hundreds of Verizon offices and equipment facilities.
About 30 warehouse workers from California Cartage, which stores and distributes goods for such companies as Amazon, Lowe’s, Kmart, and Sears, launched their third unfair labor practice strike in seven months. The workers allege that the warehouse intimidated and retaliated against employees who tried to organize co-workers, spoke out about working conditions, and pushed for higher wages. The workers are not represented by a union, but are supported by the IBT.