Clean and Safe Ports

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Without harbor truck drivers moving freight containers into and out of our ports, the U.S. economy would virtually come to a halt. But instead of being treated with dignity and respect, they are treated like sharecroppers on wheels. An estimated 60,000 port drivers work extremely long hours with low pay, cannot afford health or retirement benefits, and many have one foot in bankruptcy court. They currently have no legal ability to improve their situation because they are usually and deliberately misclassified by their employers as independent contractors instead of as employees. The sharecropper status of port drivers affects everyone because of the troubling implications for national security, highway safety, and environmental pollution. Change to Win and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are partnering to improve ports protection by raising the job and security standards for truck drivers at our nation's ports.

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