From The Los Angeles Times, “Port of L.A. is urged to stop lobbying over clean-trucks program,” with the sub-headline: “The port wants permission to regulate truckers as part of its effort to reduce air pollution. Trade groups object, saying that would make it easier for unions to organize the drivers.”
The port has already tried to rig the regulatory rules and now wants to rewrite federal law under the guise of clean-air activism to force independent truckers into large companies or concessions, which are either already unionized or could be pressured into unionizing. As we’ve noted before, it’s an alliance of environmentalists and labor out to ruin small businesses.
The article reports on the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and other trade groups writing the port to register their objections: “We strongly oppose the efforts of the port to support changing long-standing federal law . . . to include a provision within the Clean Truck Plan that has nothing to do with reducing truck emissions.”
The ATA has so far won arguments in court to block the Port’s “concession plans,” i.e. rules for the doing business with the port, which included a ban on independent truckers. The Port of Los Angeles’ plan illegally sought to regulate interstate commerce, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in April.
The Journal of Commerce also covers the story with the additional angle of the Port of Long Beach distancing itself from other other ports’ federal lobbying. From “Port of Long Beach Won’t Join Trucking Regulatory Bid.”
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