New photos show the growing number of ships waiting offshore as a truck strike disrupts operations in the Port of Oakland, California.
The largest naval terminal in the port of Oakland was closed Thursday, while the three other naval terminals on the property had some labor on board, said spokesman Robert Bernardo.
At least 15 ships are waiting offshore for a mooring, officials said. KCBS Radio reported that the closure of the port could delay some deliveries from Amazon. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request from DailyMail.com.
The Port of Oakland is a major hub for California’s $ 20 billion-plus agricultural exports, which includes almonds, rice and wine, and receives imports from all over Asia and Australia. The eighth busiest U.S. container port was already working to clear a pandemic-driven cargo backup before the truck protests began.
Big-rig truckers block terminal gates and prevent truckers from entering the port in protest of a new state labor law that makes it more difficult for independent drivers to operate.
The protesters are worried that the looming law, which is targeting ‘gig workers’ in an attempt to push more of them into full-time employment and trade unions, will incur heavy costs that will reduce their incomes.
Cargo ships are waiting offshore and shipping containers are sitting in Oakland Harbor Thursday as a protest disrupts operations. Truckers protesting in California Labor Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) have closed operations in Port of Oakland
Truck drivers blocked the entrance to a container terminal at Oakland Harbor on Thursday. Truckers protesting against California Labor Act Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) have closed operations in the Port of Oakland after blocking entrances
Truck drivers are sitting on a barricade as they block the entrance of a container terminal at Oakland Harbor on Thursday. An estimated 70,000 independent trucks in California are affected by the state AB5 bill, a new labor law
An aerial photo of the Port of Oakland during the protest, which began Monday and grew in size every day
Port officials said there were already 15 offshore container vessels waiting to dock
The trucks demand to meet with Governor Gavin Newsom to discuss the law, formally known as Assembly Bill 5, which could go into effect soon.
“It could take a few more weeks or even a few more months,” one of the protest organizers, Gary Schergill, told the Wall Street Journal. “We want to sit down.”
A Newsom spokeswoman told DailyMail.com in a statement: “The state will continue to work with trucks and ports to ensure the continued movement of goods to California residents and businesses, which is critical for all of us.”
“Although it has been the subject of litigation, AB 5 was introduced in 2019, so no one should be surprised at this time by the requirements of the law,” the statement added.
The blockade exacerbates supply chain problems that have already led to traffic jams at major ports and stored goods on the dock over the past year, a problem that has contributed to rising inflation.
The protest comes as toy makers and other industries enter their high season for imports as retailers store goods for the fall break and items for return to school.
Originally intended to last a few days, the protests in Oakland began on Monday and have become bigger and more disruptive with each passing day.
Drivers have blocked gates and blocked other trucks to haul cargo in and out of port.
However, union-affiliated port workers, who support the new law, have refused to cross picket lines, citing health and safety concerns.
The protest has already caused major disruptions in the port, which is an import hub for a wide range of goods, including Australian wine and meat, and electronics, furniture and clothing from China, Japan and South Korea.
Shipping containers stopped at Oakland Harbor on Thursday. The closure of the port contributes to ongoing supply chain problems
Trucks are inactive as they block the entrance to a container terminal at Oakland Harbor on Thursday
Originally intended to last a few days, the protests in Oakland began on Monday (above) and have become bigger and more disruptive with each passing day.
The Port of Oakland is also a major export route for U.S. agricultural goods, including almonds, beef and pork.
Port officials said there were already 15 container ships waiting to dock because the protest was delayed.
SSA Marine, which manages the largest terminal in the port of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area, shut down operations on Wednesday because of the protests, which put companies at other marine terminals a virtual stop.
SSA and Everport terminal managers sent International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) dock workers home for safety reasons, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
Late on Wednesday, Port of Oakland executive director Danny Wan acknowledged the frustration of protesters with California ‘gig worker’ law and warned that a prolonged shutdown would ‘damage all businesses operating in the ports’ and cause customers to ship to relocating rival seaports.
The new law, formally called AB5, sets stricter standards for classifying workers as independent contractors.
Legal challenges for the trucking industry delayed the enactment of the law for more than two years, but the United States Supreme Court refused to consider the case on June 30, paving the way for its departure.
Backers, including the Teamsters and the ILWU, say AB5 aims to curb labor abuse and push companies to hire drivers as employees – which would enable them to join unions and negotiate collectively with employers.
The largest naval terminal in the port of Oakland was closed Thursday, while the other three naval terminals on the property had some work on the ship, said port spokesman Robert Bernardo
Truckers protesting California Labor Law Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) have shut down operations in Port of Oakland after blocking entrances to container terminals in the port for the past four days
Truck drivers play football as they block the entrance to a container terminal in the Port of Oakland. An estimated 70,000 independent trucks in California will be affected by the state AB5 bill, a gig economy law passed in 2019
Big-rig truckers block terminal gates and prevent truckers from entering the port in protest of a new state labor law that makes it harder for independent drivers to operate
About 5,000 trucks operate in the Port of Oakland, which is a major hub for agricultural exports, including almonds, rice and wine.
The protests in Oakland followed action last week at the nation’s top two seaports, in Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California.
The three California ports handle about half of the nation’s container cargo.
Meanwhile, there has been no word on when the state can begin enforcing the new labor law, which is still being contested in lower courts.
On Monday, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development said: “Now that the federal courts have rejected the truck industry’s objections, it’s time to move on.”
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