The independent drivers who work at the Port of Oakland began a protest Monday, July 18 that is scheduled to last until Wednesday, July 20 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. This protest is expected to be smaller than the event held in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Oakland is a smaller port with few drivers.
Smaller doesn’t necessarily mean quieter
This morning, FreightWaves’ Senior Writer Clarissa Hawes said in an interview on FWNOW that around 20-30 trucks had shown up early that morning. More trucks were expected within the hour. Port Police and State Troopers were on scene to clear the road and allow trucks into and out of the port.
One thing that bothered the truckers was that after a meeting with representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on Friday, July 15, where they agreed to not “cross the picket lines,” they arrived at the port to find the gates open and operating.
Not much could be found on local news with the exception of the preprinted news release. FreightWaves was on the ground with the protesters, interviewing several and taking photographs. You can expect more details from Clarissa Hawes and the FreightWaves team soon.