LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Los Angeles, Long Beach): Update, truckers strike: "Los Angeles, Long Beach port truckers end strike at three companies, cite 'productive dialogue'"; also, "Trucker strike at ports of L.A., Long Beach ends" ....
* Daily Breeze: "Los Angeles, Long Beach port truckers end strike at three companies, cite 'productive dialogue'" - From the DB:
Los Angeles and Long Beach port truck drivers have decided to stop striking at three area trucking companies after meetings with the companies and union officials led to “productive confidential dialogue” about drivers’ wage and labor issues.
Drivers agreed late Thursday to stop picketing trucks belonging to QTS Inc., LACA Express, and WinWin Logistics, which all plan to meet to “resolve outstanding issues between them,” according to a joint statement by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the companies and the Teamsters, the union wanting to represent the truck drivers.
“All sides have expressed an interest in sitting down and continuing confidential discussions of these issues and challenges facing the drayage industry,” according to the joint statement. “QTS Inc., LACA Express, Inc. and WinWin Logistics, Inc. each respect drivers’ right to choice with regard to unionization.”
Meanwhile, drivers will continue picketing trucks from Pacer and Harbor Rail Transport..................
* Los Angeles Times: "Trucker strike at ports of L.A., Long Beach ends" - From the LAT:
Striking truck drivers from two companies agreed Friday to return to work, organizers said, ending a nine-day trucker protest at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The two struck companies -- Pacer International Inc. and Harbor Rail Transport -- said in statements that they would not retaliate against drivers who walked off the job and vowed to continue discussions with the Teamsters Union, which is backing the drivers.
A series of driver strikes began at the ports Nov. 13, and drivers from seven firms protested at various times during the job action, organizers said........................