Port truck drivers from four companies began a 48-hour strike today at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, officials said.
Among the issues, the truckers are "demanding an end to violation of workers' rights and the pervasive and illegal misclassification as 'independent contractors,' " said Barb Maynard of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
"The striking drivers are taking their fight to the marine container terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, willing to do whatever it takes to defend their rights," Maynard said.
Picket lines began forming about 5 a.m., Maynard said.
A noon news conference was planned by the truckers' representatives at Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1206 W. C St., Maynard said.
Lee Peterson of the Port of Long Beach said about 7:30 a.m. that it was "too soon to tell" what effect the job action would have on port operations.
As of about 8 a.m., there were no picketers at any Port of Los Angeles terminals, said Phillip Sanfield of the Port of Los Angeles.
--City News Service