Port Of Oakland Teamsters Kick Off 'Make Work Pay!' Campaign

Attendees Call for Improved Security and Work Conditions at Ports

Apr 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Teamsters Joint Council 7

    OAKLAND, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of Teamsters, port
 drivers, Change to Win officials and Longshore officials held a rally at
 the port of Oakland to highlight the lack of safety and security at our
 nation's ports as part of a weeklong "Make Work Pay!" campaign to restore
 the American Dream for workers. Teamsters led three additional port rallies
 on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at Los Angeles/Long Beach, Houston and Miami as
 part of the campaign.
     "America's port drivers are the most exploited truck drivers in the
 country and the extreme exploitation of these drivers creates a security
 risk to Americans," said Chuck Mack, President of Teamsters Joint Council 7
 in San Francisco and Port Division Director. "We support a fair and
 rational process for background checks for those who drive trucks across
 the U.S. And the rule has to be applied equally and uniformly to all."
     The Teamsters port rallies are among dozens of events being held across
 the country this week to kick off Change to Win's "Make Work Pay!"
 campaign, a new effort to ensure that hard work is rewarded with decent
 wages, affordable health care and a chance for a better future.
     "Low-road trucking companies pay no federal Social Security and
 Medicare taxes, state workers' compensation or unemployment insurance and
 spurn industry standards for credentials," Mack said. "Licensing and
 insurance should not be allowed to operate in our ports, hiding behind the
 myth that their drivers are 'independent contractors.' America deserves
 safe and secure ports."
     Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents
 more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United
 States and Canada.

SOURCE Teamsters Joint Council 7