Thursday, February 10, 2011
February 10, 2011: The Big Rig: Port Truck Drivers, Poverty and Pollution
Is there a connection between pollution and drivers who load containers at the nation’s ports? The Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, a coalition of environmental, labor and community organizations, says low wages and the misclassification of drivers are aggravating the pollution. Since 2006, the coalition has worked to reclassify the drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. But it’s been a long haul. Martha Baskin has our story.