Truckers at California ports are petitioning to unionize with the Teamsters union and be treated and paid fairly. Drivers for XPO Logistics Inc. are denied health insurance through their job and face poverty wages because they are unfairly classed as “contractors” rather than employees.. Kristal Romero, Port Division Coordinator with the Teamsters, explains the situation and their demands.
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Eugene Puryear is a longtime journalist and community organizer currently-based in New York City. Eugene helped to organize a number of the large-scale demonstrations that took place against the continuing U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, he was a key leader In the struggle to free the Jena Six in 2007, and a founder of the anti-gentrification group Justice First, the Jobs Not Jails coalition, DC Ferguson Movement and Stop Police Terror Project-D.C. Puryear is the author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America, and spent five years in radio prior to helping found BT News.