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Oakland Truckers Strike August 19, 2013
by Big Bill Hayward
Thursday Aug 29th, 2013 1:47 PM
On August 19, 2013 short-haul truckers at the Port of Oakland attempted to shut it down.

On Monday, August 19th they parked their trucks across the driveways at the entrance of 5 of the terminals at the port, shutting them down completely. They later spread their action other terminals until police arrived. They were able to maintain a blockade of several choke points like the Oakland International Container Terminal East and West gates throughout the morning. Longshore workers from ILWU Local 10 honored their lines and a health & safety arbitrator ruled they didn't have to cross. But eventually the police cleared all the terminals and the longshore workers went to work.

Here are some news stories about the wildcat of Oakland troqueros:

http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/08/19/port-of-oakland/

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_23892956/port-oakland-truckers-block-berths-protest-slow-turnaround

The troqueros attempted the same the next day, Tuesday morning, and had skirmishes with the police and were unable to block any terminals.

Since Teamsters often implant themselves as representing the trucker's jurisdiction without their consent, the troqueros put up a banner saying "Teamsters DO NOT Represent Us" to show that it was a self-organized autonomous action.
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