Faith and Community Groups Rallying for Short Haul Truckers

April 18, 2012 -- Louisa Abada

Fuad Eltayeb (L) and Yemane Berhane have stopped driving their short-haul trucks to terminals at the Port of Seattle. They say hundreds of cargo drivers like them face unsafe conditions. Often, the trailer loads they pick up are too heavy or insecure.

Faith and Community Groups Rallying for Short Haul Truckers
by Bellamy Pailthorp

As many as 30 or 40 percent of the short-haul truckers who normally move containers from docks to railcar terminals at the Port of Seattle have stopped working.  The work stoppage comes after one of the drivers was retaliated against for attending a hearing in Olympia last week on a proposal to improve their working conditions. They’re independent contractors, who are predominantly immigrants, and say the conditions they’re forced to contend with make the job unsafe.   Community groups are now rallying in their support. Michael Ramos, director of social justice ministries for the Church Council of Greater Seattle, says hundreds of short-haul truckers have been off the job for a week, but they still feel their message isn't getting out there. So, now advocacy groups are now showing solidarity...NPR: KPL 88.5 Seattle