As the Deli Market News team continues to monitor the status of the United States supply chain, reports surfaced last week revealing protests held by independent truck drivers at one of the West Coast’s largest ports. This blockade halted movement at the Port of Oakland; however, officials have announced that cargo containers have once again begun moving through the port following the conclusion of the protest.
The truckers initiated the blockade in protest of the new law, known as AB5, that restricts the definition of independent contractors.
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, according to The Wall Street Journal. As business began to ramp up, gates were clear and trucks were moving again by Monday.
In an open letter issued to the truckers, the Port of Oakland noted that truckers opposed to the new state law should confine protests to designated zones, warning that those blocking gates may be “cited and penalized” by police.
Keep reading Deli Market News for more updates on port congestion and other factors impacting the supply chain.