Freight Backlogs Paralyze Some Port of Oakland Terminals, Truckers Wait for Hours

August 9, 2013

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Cargo backlogs continue at the Port of Oakland leaving truckers waiting for hours to pick up containers, according to the Oakland Tribune newspaper.

Representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10, place the blame for the problem on SSA Terminals. It took control of the affected terminals last month, removing two berths from operation.

Port of Oakland officials disagree somewhat, admitting the takeover by SSA led to some problems, but say it’s more the result of three one-day labor stops by longshoremen, one protesting SSA’s takeover, and the Independence Day holiday.

Operations at other terminals at the Port of Oakland have been unaffected.

The delays have led to reports of it taking 21 days for some shipments to clear customs, three times the usual average, while truckers have seen their average wait time increase from a couple of hours to around seven-hours.

Regardless of the reason, for the fourth straight weekend the port will keep open the major terminal complex operated by SSA, to move out what are reported to be “stacks of containers.”

The Port of Oakland says it believes the backlog should be cleared up in the coming week.


  1. 1. Rich Kruml [ August 10, 2013 @ 11:07AM ]

    Another reason for all truckers to be what if you wait for hours, make them pay you for it then get overtime after 8 hours to deliver the load.
    Bet they would straighten their crap out quickly.

  2. 2. Joe [ August 12, 2013 @ 06:59AM ]

    Unionizing port truckers isn't the issue, it's the exemption from the FLSA for drivers covered by federal HOS regulations (all drayage drivers are engaged in an extension of interstate commerce - hence should be logging their hours as such).

    Nobody, not the IBT or other so called "driver organizations" who claim to be concerned about driver pay issues made any serious effort in Washington to amend the FLSA even when their Democrat allies controlled all 3 branches of government from 08 to 2010.

    Hey, but drivers can continue to believe the hype they babble or actually look at their deeds on this issue...might actually learn something.


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