What if one of the largest ports in the country were frozen because of a trucker strike going on for three days now? Don’t expect the media to cover it because it’s not a union strike, but a strike against mandatory unionization as I discussed in yesterday’s article, “California Trucker Convoy Fights Ex-Communist Union Leader’s Mandatory Unionization”.
Last Wednesday, hundreds of truckers protested at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port, some trucks slowed down traffic on the 110 while others took part by refusing to take on loads.
Their message was timed not just for Los Angeles County voters who backed the leftists threatening to put them out of work, but for retired general Stephen Lyons.
The former general who had served as the Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command had been picked by the Biden administration as its Port and Supply Chain Envoy and was there to see the ports through which much of the country’s international cargoes flow.
The truckers had a simple message for Lyons and his boss, they shouted it and waved it on signs, “No to AB5.” But Lyons had little to offer the independent truckers fighting mandatory unionization by California Democrats and their union allies except, “We need to retain drivers because they’re critical to our economy.”
With 70,000 California owner-operator truckers trying to figure out if they can even work, that’s not likely.
AB5 amounts to turning the state into a union shop, effectively preventing freelancers, including most truckers from being able to work or earn a living, unless they become employees.
The protests, with real implications for the supply chain, continue, but the media for the most part is choosing to provide minimal coverage of the protests and refuses to explain why the actual protests are taking place. I read one local news story which claimed that they were protesting over a “labor law”, and quoted the ex-Communist Teamster boss mentioned in my article, but not a single one of the truckers.
The Wall Street Journal has filed the only major national story that actually describes what’s going on.
Freight operators in Oakland, Calif., are bracing for continued protests by truckers that have blocked operations this week at the West Coast’s third-busiest container port, adding new disruptions to already-strained U.S. supply chains.
Truck drivers have stopped vehicles from entering Port of Oakland container terminals, effectively halting all but a trickle of business in a protest over a California law that would toughen restrictions on the use of independent drivers.
Port officials said Tuesday they expected the protests to end Wednesday while executives at freight companies in the area said protesters appeared to be digging in and preparing to continue through the week.
“They’ve set up tents and are distributing food,” said Bill Aboudi, president of Oakland Port Services Corp., an Oakland-based trucking firm.
You would think that this would be a major story, but the media, in complicity with Democrat leaders, are trying to silence coverage of the protest.
The biggest labor strike in the nation is an anti-union strike and so it must not be covered.
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