Truckers serving the Port of Oakland started their 3-day protest against California’s AB5 law that requires independent contractors to be reclassified as employees. The owner-operator model that the law seeks to outlaw has been the dominant model in harbor drayage in the US for many decades. The law affects an estimated 70,000 independent truckers, many of whom fear losing their livelihood.
Below is a summary of what is happening in Oakland:
- 7/25/2022 (Monday): All terminals are open and running. Protesters are in the designated free speech area and currently not blocking traffic.
- 7/22/2022 (Friday): Protest is not expected to be gone and all terminals will have their gates closed.
- 7/21/2022 (Thursday): All terminals will close the day gate shift. Night gate shift will also be closed due to a pre-planned ILWU Stop Work meeting.
- 7/20/2022 (Wednesday): All gates are blocked by protesting truckers at all 3 terminals. There will not be a day shift today. All terminals advised in the afternoon that the night gate shift will also be closed.
- 7/19/2022 (Tuesday): Protesting truckers blocked the gates to all 3 terminals. Terminals closed the gates for both day and night shifts and trucks were not able to access the terminals. Terminal marine operations inside are normal.
- 7/18/2022 (Monday): Trucker protest started slowly and eventually blocked the gates of the terminals. Late Monday, all 3 terminals (SSA, Everport, Trapac) announced the night shift would be closed.
Pick-ups and deliveries of containers are impacted during the protest period. Shippers should allow flexibility, and rescheduling is strongly recommended. Dimerco will keep you posted on any new developments.