State rules in favor of port trucker as labor strike continues
By Mark Edward Nero | firstname.lastname@example.org | PUBLISHED: October 2, 2018 at 6:17 pm | UPDATED: October 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm
A labor strike by hundreds of disgruntled truck drivers and warehouse workers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles entered its second day on Tuesday, Oct. 2, amid news that one of the striking workers has won a judgment against a company being picketed.
On Oct. 1, port truck driver Rodolfo Dominguez learned that the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has ruled in his favor, finding that he had been misclassified as an independent contractor. As a result his employer, trucking company XPO Logistics owes him $123,074 for the period of April 30, 2016 through Jan. 29, 2018.
Misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees is a primary reason for the planned three-day strike. Workers say that being classified as contractors robs them of eligibility for benefits such as vacation time, sick pay and workers’ compensation…
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