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