Forced Unionization, Under Environmental Garb

By March 21, 2008Briefly Legal

From The Los Angeles Times:

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a clean air plan requiring shipping companies to buy and maintain a modernized fleet of big rigs and employ thousands of independent truckers who currently operate under contract.

A spokesman for the American Trucking Assn. derided the plan as a “scheme to unionize port drivers” and vowed that his group would sue the port. Spokesman Curtis Whalen said the plan violates court rulings allowing the trucking industry unrestricted access to markets nationwide.

A profoundly cynical power play by the unions, using environmental regulations to drive out the little operator.

More background from the Harbor Commission.

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