Teamster president joined striking truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Wednesday to support their fight to be classified as employees instead of independent contractors.
Hoffa promised the striking drivers the support of the entire 1.4 million strong body of Teamsters nationwide.
The Teamsters said that misclassification of the striking drivers leaves them “robbed of basic workplace protections like the right to minimum wage, overtime pay, and a safe and healthful workplace.”
The strike started Monday, but the ports have remained open despite growing support for the movement. Around 40 workers from the California Cartage warehouse showed up in support of the drivers. Some members of the Los Angeles City Council have announced their support of the drivers.
A spokesman for the port said that there has been minimal impact on port activity.