Just another low-wage job

Reporters are chiming in on the plight of container haulers. This quote from a Teamsters official in The Washington Post sums up the direction of the reporting:

“The conditions that these guys work under is like sharecropping. The trucking company tells them what crops they can plant, what fertilizer they can use, makes them pay for all their equipment, and then tells them, you're independent.”

Writing for the Los Angeles Business Journal, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA) attempts to explain why port drivers keep striking. And the L.A. Times talks about how pay and working conditions amount to a bait-and-switch environment for owner-operators.