PRESS ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, May 30, 2019 ***UPDATED***
- San Diego Location: Santos Castaneda, (202) 903-8133
- Commerce and Compton Locations: Eddie Rodriguez, (925) 351-4389
- General: Barb Maynard, (323) 351-9321; [email protected]
CA Truck Drivers Who Haul Cargo To and From America’s Largest Port Complex For Toyota, BMW, And Sony – Illegally Classified As “Independent Contractors” By XPO Logistics – Engage In Global Day of Protest Against Company’s Abusive Practices
Los Angeles and San Diego, CA – Port and rail drivers employed by XPO Logistics’ Cartage and Port Services divisions in Los Angeles and San Diego today are engaging in a GLOBAL day of action to protest the company’s abusive practices, including persistent illegal classification as “independent contractors” despite multiple rulings determining unequivocally that the drivers are employees of the company.
WHO: XPO Port and rail drivers
WHAT: Global day of protest, including rallies in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA
WHEN: 5:00-6:00 am PST; 3:00-5:00 pm PST
- XPO Cartage, 10250 Airway Rd, San Diego, CA 92154
- XPO Cartage, 5800 Sheila St., Commerce, CA 90040
- XPO Port Services, 18726 S Laurel Park Rd, Compton, CA 90220
“XPO makes us feel like we don’t exist, and we are just company property,” said Jose ‘Chema’ Rodriguez, an XPO driver from San Diego. “As someone who drives from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego every single day to work more than 12 hours, it’s ludicrous that I’m still unable to afford to live in the United States because of the compensation and benefits XPO has denied me by misclassifying me as an ‘independent contractor.’ XPO executives claim we want to remain as independent contractors, but they aren’t the ones struggling to make ends meet.”
“XPO’s port and rail drivers are sick and tired of abuse by this company and it’s past time for XPO to follow the law, recognize drivers’ employee rights, and pay these hard-working men and women a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work,” said Fred Potter, International Vice President-at-Large and Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ Port Division. “The Teamsters stand united with XPO workers in America and around the globe in their fight for justice and better working conditions.”
XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is a global corporation whose subsidiaries, XPO Cartage and XPO Port Services, are together among the top trucking companies servicing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and nearby railyards. XPO Cartage and Port Services’ main customers in California include well-known brands such as Amazon, BMW, Bose, Converse, Procter and Gamble, Samsung, and Toyota. The company employs approximately 440 port and rail drivers in their Los Angeles and San Diego locations who are misclassified as “independent contractors” to reduce labor and capital expenses and avoid payroll tax obligations. These drivers are contesting the company’s illegal labor practices with the California Labor Commissioner and in the courts, and have gone on strike five times in the last five years to raise awareness of their fight.
Click here for a summary of legal and regulatory action at XPO Cartage and XPO Port Services.
In the first five months of 2019, XPO port and rail drivers have been actively fighting for justice and better working conditions at XPO:
- Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been assigned to several workers due to misclassification and the number continues to grow.
- XPO drivers have made multiple visits to elected officials in California and Washington DC, as well to different national and international organizations in search of support.
- Every day, more and more workers have chosen to join the different active lawsuits to provide justice and stop XPO from stealing from drivers.
- XPO has been forced to pay more than $30 million in penalties for labor, health’ and safety violations.