Photos show freighters line up outside the Port of Oakland as the truck strike enters its second week

EXCLUSIVE: All Out at Sea: Giant container ships carrying America’s coffee, wine and electronics drop anchor outside the Port of Oakland as truckers threaten to ‘uncertain’ strike

  • Independent truck drivers have been blocking road access to the port since last week, preventing ships from disembarking at major shipping hubs
  • Truckers are protesting California’s Assembly Bill 5, a law that requires some industries to classify contractors as regularly benefited employees.
  • Photos of the port showed rows of stacked shipping containers with nowhere to go and an armada of fully loaded freighters queuing up, unable to unload.

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Shocking photos show the real-time effects of a truck driver’s strike that is set to enter its second week at Oakland’s port as cargo-laden cargo boats wait to unload.

Independent truck drivers have been blocking road access to the port since last week, preventing ships from unloading at major shipping hubs and causing further disruption. the supply chain Already facing serious tensions from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Chinese COVID-19 lockdown measures.

truckers protesting californiaLegislation of Assembly Bill 5, 2019 that requires certain industries – trucking included – to classify independent contractors as regularly benefited workers.

Many truck drivers have argued that the law has eroded their autonomy and changed the way they do business, and challenges to the law last month in the U.S. Supreme court declined to pursue the matter.

Shocking photos show the real-time effects of a truck driver’s strike that is set to enter its second week at Oakland’s port as cargo-laden cargo boats wait to unload. Half a dozen ships are seen waiting outside the port

Shocking photos show the real-time effects of a truck driver's strike that is set to enter its second week at Oakland's port as cargo-laden cargo boats wait to unload.

Shocking photos show the real-time effects of a truck driver’s strike that is set to enter its second week at Oakland’s port as cargo-laden cargo boats wait to unload.

Independent truck drivers have been blocking road access to the port since last week, preventing ships from disembarking at major shipping hubs

Independent truck drivers have been blocking road access to the port since last week, preventing ships from disembarking at major shipping hubs

The protests began last Monday and have since blocked road access to the port, a break in the weekend that was scheduled to coincide with the port’s low weekend activity.

Port photos show rows of stacked shipping containers with nowhere to go and an armada of fully loaded freighters queuing up, unable to unload their cargo.

Protesters wearing T-shirts with ‘AB5’ crossed in red across their chests can be seen camping in California, with freight cranes parked and unused behind them.

Truckers are protesting California's Assembly Bill 5, a 2019 law requiring certain industries -- trucking included -- to classify independent contractors as regularly benefited employees.

Truckers are protesting California’s Assembly Bill 5, a 2019 law requiring certain industries — trucking included — to classify independent contractors as regularly benefited employees.

Many truck drivers have argued that the law ruined their autonomy and changed the way they do business;  Law challenges ended last month after the US Supreme Court refused to pursue the case

Many truck drivers have argued that the law ruined their autonomy and changed the way they do business; Law challenges ended last month after the US Supreme Court refused to pursue the case

The Port of Oakland is a major center for California’s more than $20 billion in agricultural exports, including almonds, dairy products, and wine.

The eighth-busiest US container port – which also handles imports such as coffee, electronics and manhole covers – was working to clear a pandemic-fuelled cargo backup even before truck protests began.

Port representatives told Reuters that some port terminals are on lease For companies that schedule their operations and may have had some shipping operations during the Saturday morning protests.

Photos of the port showed rows of stacked shipping containers with nowhere to go, and an armada of fully loaded freighters queuing up in port anywhere to unload their cargo.

Port photos show rows of stacked shipping containers with nowhere to go, and an armada of fully loaded freighters queued up in port with nowhere to unload their cargo.

The Port of Oakland is a major center for California's more than $20 billion in agricultural exports, which include almonds, dairy products, and wine.

The Port of Oakland is a major center for California’s more than $20 billion in agricultural exports, which include almonds, dairy products, and wine.

It is unclear whether the protests will resume on Monday.

Bill Aboudi, a trucking company owner and supporter of the protest, told Reuters it would be determined by the progress of talks about the legislation.

“If the protest will resume on Monday or not, it will be decided on Monday itself as the truckers are in active talks with the concerned authorities,” Aboudi said.

Operations at the Northern California port grounds almost came to a standstill last week after protesters used pickets and tractor-trailers to block the terminal gate.

Work on the ships and docks slowed after cargo flow stopped and hundreds of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) members refused to cross the blockade lines for security reasons.

Operations at the Northern California port grounds nearly came to a standstill last week after protesters used pickets and tractor-trailers to block the terminal gate.

Operations at the Northern California port grounds nearly came to a standstill last week when protesters used pickets and tractor-trailers to block the terminal gate.

The Port of Oakland is a major center for California's more than $20 billion in agricultural exports, including almonds, dairy products, and wine.

The Port of Oakland is a major center for California’s more than $20 billion in agricultural exports, which include almonds, dairy products, and wine.

Truckers against AB5 say it would make it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors.

They say the law would require them to spend thousands of dollars on insurance and equipment rentals, such as chassis, to remain independent.

“AB5 is everything that hinders a small truck business owner’s ambition to live the ‘American Dream,’” Aboudi said.

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