Teamsters ramp up global port trucking effort

Teamsters ramp up global port trucking effort

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is in the midst of a major worldwide port trucker organization effort. The initiative is focused on ocean shipping giant AP Moller Maersk and how it manages port truckers both in the U.S. and abroad.

Chuck Mack, Teamsters port division director, headed up a Teamsters delegation to Copenhagen, Denmark, to release an investigative report on the impact of Maersk’s labor policies on truck drivers in Central America.

In March, an investigative team of various union officials from Denmark, the U.S., Brazil and Australia traveled to Central America for a first-hand look at working conditions there and found a variety of problems ranging from underage truck drivers to unsafe equipment, the Teamsters said.

The Teamsters also noted that Miami-Dade County and Universal Terminal have withdrawn the lawsuits filed last summer after a protest by Miami’s port truckers led to a two-week shutdown of Miami’s port facilities.

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