SeaSol supports newly organized port truckers

On Feb 13, 2012, SeaSol mobilized to join hundreds of port truck drivers in a strike rally by the Seattle waterfront. Roughly 500 drivers stopped work during the first two weeks of February, seeking respect and higher pay. It was the first major action of the Seattle Port Trucker Association, an independent association started in early 2011 and run entirely by working truckers. As a result of the strike, some Seattle port trucking companies are now paying significantly higher rates per container, treatment of drivers at the BNSF rail facility has improved noticeably, and state police have ceased randomly pulling over truckers near the port and ticketing them for chassis and container problems. However, it remains to be seen whether these improvements will last, and meanwhile some drivers have been suffering retaliation for their actions. We will continue to stand by the drivers in their struggles to come.