Port of Oakland Reopens as Trucker Protests Conclude
OAKLAND, CA - Here at ANUK, we are constantly keeping a watch on the state of the supply chain, and last week, protests held by independent truck drivers put a pause on one of the West Coast’s largest ports. As protesters in the area ended their blockade, cargo containers have once again begun moving through California’s Port of Oakland.
According to the Wall Street Journal, port activity first resumed slowly on Saturday when protesters didn’t turn up during limited weekend hours, and officials at the private operators of Oakland’s shipping terminals said they were clearing backlogs of ships and boxes that had grown since the truckers began blocking the port’s gates early last week. As business began to ramp up, gates were clear and trucks were moving again by Monday.
The truckers initiated the blockade in protest of the new law, known as AB5, that restricts the definition of independent contractors.
The Port of Oakland issued an open letter to the truckers late Thursday, noting that truckers opposed to the new state law should confine protests to designated zones and warning that those blocking gates may be “cited and penalized” by police.
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