A federal judge has put the final touches on a long-running battle over truck driving employee status at the Port of Los Angeles, where drivers for Green Fleet Systems LLC last week staged a 24-hour strike as the Teamsters union intensifies organizing efforts.
U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder on Aug. 23 issued an injunction permanently barring the port from enforcing its 2008 move to force drivers who enter the port to be company employees.
The employee mandate, which would have made it possible for unions to organize drivers, was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, as part of legal action by American Trucking Associations that originally began in Snyder’s courtroom. She upheld the employee mandate, which was overturned by the Ninth Court of Appeals.
The judge’s order, which also blocked placarding and limits on off-street parking requirements that were sought by the port, is the final step relating to the case, said Curtis Whalen, who heads ATA’s Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.
ATA brought the suit after Los Angeles included the employee mandate in its Clean Truck Program…
By Rip Watson, Senior Reporter
This story appears in the Sept. 2 print edition of Transport Topics.