Monthly Archives: October 2007

Ports in Southern California

Labor unions at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are trying to clean their air. The harbor trucking industry has aprox. 15,000 older trucks which cause 30 – 40 percent of the dirty air. Labor forces are trying to replace these older rigs cleaner operating newer, 2007 trucks. The problem they’ve encountered is that most of those trucks are owned by drivers—most of them Latino immigrants—who make about $12 an hour. These are independent contractors at the bottom of the harbor food chain, and they can’t afford to upgrade their own rigs. Increased associated costs could impact costs of products sold in Walmart and Target.