Port of Oakland Terminal Reopens After Trucker Protest
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The Port of Oakland, Calif., said Wednesday there are no protesters in the area and terminals are open after protesting truck drivers had shut down a terminal Monday.
The port said the Oakland Police Department is on-site to direct traffic.
Truckers were protesting wait times up to six hours, the Contra Costa Times reported.
The drivers shut down five berths with some of the longest wait times and began blocking other terminals before police arrived and restored access Monday.
The longest wait times have been at the SSA Marine terminal that had severe cargo backlogs after undergoing a consolidation in June.
A former longshoremen’s union president told the newspaper the SSA Marine terminal, which changed its numbering system and extended its yard making it harder to find containers.
Due to safety concerns, truck drivers are not allowed to leave their trucks once in line at the terminal. If they are caught outside their trucks, drivers can face a $50 fine, the newspaper reported.
Longshoremen arriving at the blocked terminals opted not to cross the picket line, according to the newspaper.
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