Calif. port truck drivers go on 24-hour strike

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least 15 port truck drivers have gone on strike, claiming their company is trying to thwart their efforts to unionize.

The Los Angeles Times reports the strike will last for 24 hours with organizers planning a rally on Tuesday.

The drivers began picketing Green Fleet Systems outside its Carson facility, located about eight miles north of the Port of Long Beach. They allege their employer has hired people who are intimidating drivers seeking to join a union.

The company has denied the union’s allegations.

The union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and a hearing is set for October.

Monday’s strike kicks off a week of planned labor actions by low-wage workers in different industries seeking to draw attention to their causes.

 

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