Trucking firm clash with drivers’ union heats up and spreads into LA port

A confrontation between truck drivers and Universal Logistics, one of the largest trucking firms in southern California, has spilled into the port of Los Angeles.
On Monday, drivers started a strike, picketing a truck yard of Universal Logistics subsidiary Southern Counties Express in Compton, demanding the company reinstate drivers allegedly dismissed illegally and respect the right to unionise.
In addition, they called on management to negotiate ‘in good faith’ and stop classifying …

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Dismissed workers at Universal Logistics in SoCal mount protest to get jobs back

The Teamsters are calling it a strike, but an action at a Universal Logistics (NASDAQ: ULH) facility in Compton, California, Monday is more of a protest by workers who want their job back.

Though the protest was small, it’s another battle in the ongoing California labor wars, where the intersection of Teamster efforts to unionize and issues of driver classification all come together. Looming in the background at all times are California’s regulations dealing with the issue of worker...

Small group of workers vote to decertify Teamsters in California

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters might agree with the adage that “bad things happen in threes.”

For the third time in recent weeks, the union has been decertified at a transportation-related company. The vote was for a small group of workers, just 20. The employer is Harbor Distributing LLC, which the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) report on the vote says does business as Allied Central Coast Distributing. It is located in Santa Maria, California.

The vote was narrow, according...

XPO-run logistics facility latest to bounce Teamsters

The Teamsters have been voted out of representing workers at an XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) facility in New Jersey.

For the second time in a relatively short period, the move to push the Teamsters out of representing workers came with the assistance of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. 

The vote to decertify the Teamsters was confirmed in a certification notice posted Monday by the National Labor Relations Board. “It is certified that a majority of the valid ballots has not been...

FreightWaves Haul of Fame: Preston 151 Line grew and grew and grew…

A Preston Trucking Co. truck displays its "The 151 Line" motto. (Photo: Gary Morton Collection)

Known primarily on northeastern and midwestern highways by its iconic orange and white trucks, Preston Trucking Co. (The 151 Line) was founded in 1932 in the Chesapeake Bay town of Preston, Maryland. The company was started by a canned goods wholesaler, Albert W. Sisk and his sons, who had difficulty shipping small amounts of their products via rail routes. A.T. Blades, one of the company’s accountants, suggested that the company start its own small transportation division. 

With a $500 loan...

Did TFI CEO extend olive branch to Teamsters before UPS Freight deal?

A UPS employee loads boxes. Thousands of UPS employees, represented by the Teamsters, will join TFI International as part of the acquisition of UPS Freight.

Three months before TFI International (NYSE:TFII) announced the acquisition of UPS’ (NYSE:UPS) freight business, CEO Alain Bedard expressed a willingness to buy a unionized less-than-truckload operation and lauded the performance of the parcel giant with the Teamsters – and his own company’s experience with organized labor in Canada.

“If you look at the largest trucking company in the world, they’re unionized with the Teamsters and they do a fantastic job,” Bedard told financial analysts in...

Deal reached to end walkout at key New York-area produce market

A deal has been reached to end a strike by workers at the Hunts Point market in New York, with a vote by rank-and-file Teamsters to take place Saturday.

The strike by about 1,400 workers, most of whom worked on the docks and other loading facilities at the giant produce market, began last Sunday at 12:01 a.m. The entity that was struck, the Hunts Point Produce Market, is a cooperative of the many produce dealers that operate out of the facility in the southern Bronx, near both water terminals...

Teamsters workers at huge New York produce market on strike

A Teamsters local has gone on strike against the operators of the Hunts Point Produce Market in New York following the failure to reach a new contract agreement.

According to a statement issued by the Teamsters Joint Council 16, about 1,400 workers, primarily warehouse labor, went on strike Sunday right after the stroke of midnight. However, the association that operates the market said it continues to operate despite the walkout. 
Those workers are represented by Local 202.

In a statement, the...

The Daily Dash: Teamsters push for delay in California meal and rest break lawsuit

California meal and rest break rules

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, the Teamsters see a Joe Biden election victory as a pathway to ending California’s meal and rest-break rules. Plus, Alibaba is expanding its third-party logistics footprint and it has repercussions for Amazon, and Daimler Trucks launches a new division dedicated to connectivity.

Not so fast

The Teamsters have asked a federal court to delay oral arguments over whether California can dictate work rules...

The Daily Dash: OOIDA backs HOS changes; peak season opportunity for regional carriers

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, a lawsuit from the Teamsters and safety groups opposing the recent changes to hours-of-service rules will not have the support of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Plus, regional carriers are poised to gain as FedEx and UPS shed freight volumes and what are equipment ordering cycles telling us about 2020 and beyond?

OOIDA supports HOS changes

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers...

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