Port of Oakland managers were bracing for possible trouble Tuesday morning, uncertain whether protesting truckers who shut much of the port down on Monday would return to disrupt operations for a second day.
“We currently have no clear indication of whether there will be protest activities tomorrow,” Jean Banker, deputy executive director and acting maritime director, stated late Monday in a press release.
Dozens of independent owner-operators, with the support of other sympathizers, picketed at the port on Monday, demanding financial assistance so they can afford to replace their old trucks with 2007 model or newer trucks that will comply with a California drayage truck regulation that will take effect on Jan. 1.
International Longshore and Warehouse Union members refused to work at several of the terminals, claiming healthy and safety concerns under the waterfront contract. The waterfront arbitrator chosen jointly by the union and the Pacific Maritime Association employers’ group ruled that no health and safety issues existed.
“Despite this determination, terminal labor has not returned this afternoon, with the exception of PAOH (PortsAmericaOuterHarbor), which had minimal labor completing final processing of trucks in the yard,” Banker said.