Clogged California ports face new labor risk from trucking

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Reuters

By Carlos Barria and Lisa Baertlein OAKLAND (Reuters) -Truck drivers choked traffic at the Oakland, California, seaport on Monday protesting a state law that makes it harder for independent contractors to transport goods and could limit labor at the state’s already clogged seaports, threatening to worsen the nation’s pandemic-fueled supply chain jams. California’s ports handle about 40% of container goods that enter the United States. Trucking disruptions come at a time when unions and West Coast port employers are also negotiating a high-stakes labor contract. The law, known as AB5, or the “g…

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