About Us

To fight for port truck drivers across the country, helping to end employee misclassification and organizing for dignity and respect.

We are America’s Port Truck Drivers.

With the dedicated support from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, plus many other labor, community, and faith allies, we are fighting to change the port trucking industry so we can win justice for ourselves and our families. More than 75,000 strong, we haul our country’s imports and exports for retail companies, for manufacturers, and for the U.S. Military. We are proud to be professional truck drivers and proud of the service we provide. Without us, America would stop.

Port Trucking At A Glance

  • 90% of containerized cargo moves through top 10 U.S. ports.
  • Each year, Port Truck Drivers transport approximately 250 million metric tons of imported goods worth $900 billion.
  • More than 75,000 Port Truck Drivers serve U.S. seaports.
  • Approximately 80 percent of Port Truck Drivers are misclassified as “Independent Contractors.”

State

Port Drivers

California
25,000
NewJersey
7,000
Washington
6,500
Georgia
6,000
Florida
6,000
Texas
4,500
Virginia
4,000
Puerto Rico
3,000
S.Carolina
3,000
NewYork
1,200
Others
9,000

The Cost of Misclassification

National Employment Law Project (NELP*) estimates $1.4 Billion in annual costs due to misclassification of Port Drivers:

Social Security and Medicare
$57.4 M
Unemployment Insurance
$20.9 M
Workers’ Compensation
$484.8 M
Subtotal
$563.1 M
Wage & Hour (California)
$850 M
Total
$1,413 M

By misclassifying drivers as “independent contractors,” trucking companies have devised a scheme to increase profits by:

These employment conditions constitute illegal “misclassification,” which we call wage theft and tax fraud, and are a violation of labor laws. We are indebted to our bosses like sharecroppers. Getting paid-by-the-load, means we toil in sweatshop-like conditions where the only way we can increase our pay is to sacrifice safety so we can pull one more container to put food on the table for our families or face retaliation from our employers. The ports have replaced the cotton fields, and the result is devastating:

Reports