The Port of Oakland was shut down early Wednesday when longshoremen walked off the job following a worker’s death.
Truckers were backed up for blocks at the gates of the busy port’s three major depots, caught by surprised by the work stoppage.
“Nothing surprises me,” said Gary, a trucker out of Northern Nevada. “It’s like they like make the rules as they go along. I have sympathy for the family but have a benefit for them at the union hall.”
Nearby, Kevin Brais stood outside this truck upset because there was no notification to truckers that the nearly 1,300 union workers were walking off the job for the day.
“I made a whole $82 coming down here, but now I’m stuck here all day,” he told KTVU. “Where’s the solidarity for us. “
Frank Gaskin, Union Representative and business agent for ILWU Local 10, said the job action came after 47-year-old Joy Daniels of San Francisco died on the job on Tuesday.
Daniels was a tractor driver at the port and the circumstances of her death have not been released.
The union sent out a release saying – “We will be shut down for 24 hours out of respect and for a mourning period for our members.”
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