The truckers are demanding higher pay from the trucking firms they haul for. Port executives met with trucking companies and owner-operators last week to help negotiate a solution. The trucking companies offered to boost their payments to drivers by $50 a load, and the port offered a short-term extra fee of $30 per container. The drivers rejected the offers.
Monday, port executives met with carriers and terminal operators to discuss longer gate hours and other ways to improve working conditions for truckers.
Trucking companies at West Coast ports in the United States are closely watching the situation, because they have also been plagued by work stoppages and union organizing efforts.