Safeway Inc., through its contractor that operates its distribution centers in Maryland, informed Teamsters, which represents the warehouse employees, that it is closing its Maryland distribution centers. Union members and local politicians have announced plans to protest the closure.
Short-haul drivers in California continued striking to protest being classified as independent contractors rather than employees. Drivers who work at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for Pacific 9 Transportation and XPO Logistics, Inc. launched their latest strike efforts on October 26, 2015. On October 27, 2015, drivers for Intermodal Bridge Transport Inc. and warehouse workers for the California Cartage Co. announced their intention to strike, and on October 29, 2015, drivers for Gold Point Transportation Inc. struck.