L.A. City Council Unanimously Demands That America’s Biggest Retailers Clean Up Their Supply Chain, Move Business to Trucking & Warehousing Companies That Comply with Law
LOS ANGELES, CA – After years of protests, legal actions, and strikes by warehouse workers and port truck drivers at NFI Industries/California Cartage – which had a lease to operate on public property at America’s largest seaport – compelling the Los Angeles City Council and the City Attorney to take strong action leading to NFI’s abandonment of the property, the City Council today voted unanimously to demand that cargo owners like Lowe’s, Puma, and Rio Tinto Mines clean up their supply chains and move their business to trucking and warehousing companies that comply with labor and human rights standards that are embedded in their own corporate codes of conduct.
Specifically, on Wednesday, October 22, the L.A. City Council unanimously approved a motion introduced by Council Member Joe Buscaino to:
- Urge all port trucking and warehouse operators doing business on Port property to comply with all local, state, and federal laws, including laws regarding worker classification, wage and hour issues, labor rights, and health and safety;
- Demand that cargo owners enforce their codes of conduct and require the companies they contract with to move their goods to comply with labor and human rights standards;
- Urge retailers to move their work to a company who will meet their own standards and comply with all local, state, and federal laws; and,
- Encourage customers who left with the NFI/California Cartage warehouse to bring their work back to the community, to the same workers who previously moved their goods, and will soon be starting work with the Toll Group – the company that has taken over the property previously leased by NFI Industries.
“Over a century ago, Los Angeles fought to create a publicly-owned port that would serve the interests of the people at large. Today’s action by the City Council sends a loud and clear message that Port tenants who profit off the use of public property are expected to follow employment law and treat and pay their employees fairly so that all Angelenos benefit from this important City asset, as our early city leaders had envisioned,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino.
“The message being sent by the City Council is clear: If you want to do business in Los Angeles then you must follow the law and respect the human rights of working families,” said Ron Herrera, newly elected President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “The days when the interests of multi-billion corporations like Lowe’s and Rio Tinto Mines were tacitly prioritized over the wellbeing of Los Angeles’ working families are over.”