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Independent Port Truckers Protest at City Hall




Independent truckers lined up outside Oakland City Hall Wednesday honking their horns and demanding an extension on the January 2014 deadline for new emissions compliances required by the Port of Oakland.

While the big rigs made noise outside, members of the Port of Oakland Truckers Association (POTA), an informal organization of owner operators, pressed their demand for a deadline extension with officials of the California Air Resource Board (CARB), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle, and Oakland’s Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson.

Truckers are demanding that the city drop its lawsuit against two owner-operator truck drivers for their alleged participation in a work stoppage Aug. 19. Truckers are also asking for the city to drop an injunction on protests at the port.

Besides asking for a one-year extension on the January deadline, they are seeking a “green emissions fee” of $50 per load to pay loans for upgrading their trucks in compliance with the emissions standards; a “congestion fee” paid by the terminal per hour to truckers who have to wait more than two hours, unpaid, for a load; and a pay raise, which would be the first in 10 years.

Truckers are being forced to purchase new trucks that comply with the clean-air emissions standards put forth by the Port and have nearly a month to meet this requirement. Loans for new trucks range from $60,000 to $80,000, according to the truckers.

However, transport corporations were given seven years to meet the same standards. In light of this, truckers are asking for equal treatment from the port and CARB.


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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