Truckers at nation's busiest seaports in Los Angeles area end strike, promise future action

IndustriesAssociated Press

Drivers who picketed several trucking firms at the nation's busiest seaport complex have returned to work after a weeklong strike they say will not be their last.

Organizers say a few hundred truckers staged a strike against four companies that haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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A spokeswoman for the truckers says that though they did not win any concessions from companies they claim underpay them by treating them as independent contractors, rather than fulltime employees, they couldn't afford to keep striking.

The strike's overall impact at ports which handle hundreds of billions of dollars of international trade each year was not huge.

A spokesman for an association representing trucking firms says the end of the strike is good for everyone involved.