Short-haul truckers at the Port of Seattle announced today they are going back to work, after a two-week walkout to seek better pay and working conditions.
About 400 drivers, mostly African immigrants, stayed off the job two weeks, taking about one third of the usual fleet out of service, and slowing cargo traffic. Truckers requested a federal Labor Department review and said they would walk out again unless progress continues. Various trucking firms this week agreed to increase pay per trip, and in some cases for time stuck in line at the docks, said a labor-union researcher aiding the driver movement.
“The strength, the courage, the conviction it took to walk off the job, I commend you for taking these steps, to feed your families,” King County Councilman Joe McDermott of West Seattle said at a news conference, in the Teamsters union hall in Tukwila.