Independent truck drivers started protesting last Monday, July 18, significantly hampering operations at the Port of Oakland. Truckers are upset at California’s new state law, known as AB5, which will force an estimated 70,000 independent truckers to find work as employee-drivers or pay more for insurance to stay independent.
As the protests enter its second week, the number of container ships waiting for berth space increase as truckers have been blocking road access to California’s 3rd largest port. This causes further disruption in the supply chain that is already facing stress from China’s COVID lockdowns and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
1. Port of Oakland behind blockade of truckers, Chamber of Shipping, July 21, 2022. Accessed July 25, 2022.
2. EXCLUSIVE: All out at sea: Giant container ships carrying America’s coffee, wine and electronics drop anchor outside Port of Oakland as truckers threaten to make strike ‘indefinite’, Daily Mail, July 25, 2022. Accessed July 25, 2022.