The Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports Updates
First-class Airport, Poverty-class Jobs
May 14th, 2012
The day before Alaska Airlines executives report "stellar" profits at the company's annual shareholders meeting, a new report holds the Port of Seattle and Alaska Airlines accountable for their role in creating poverty-wage airport jobs.
The Federal Fix: Why our National Coalition Must Take the Fight to Congress
We know that the unaccountable port trucking industry and its dirty diesel trucks are to blame for the “sweatshop on wheels” working conditions that drivers face and the poor air quality in neighboring low-income communities. Yet, as we have seen in Los Angeles, the port trucking industry and the American Trucking Association, have halted efforts to fix this problem by hiding behind 30-year-old laws like the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA), which deregulated the trucking industry at a time when the health risks of diesel pollution were unknown. This antiquated law prevents local ports from passing common-sense environmental and safety regulations.
Local Port Officials Block Port Reform
In the winter of 2010, Port CEO Tay Yoshitani led an effort to defeat federal legislation that would enable ports around the country to set environmental, workforce and safety standards on port trucks, and spent $60,000 dollars of taxpayer money to do so. Gael Tarleton fudged clan truck facts to promote the Port's plan.
Interfaith Port Toxic Tour
On March 3, 2010, Puget Sound Sage partnered with the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) to inform the local faith community about the campaign to make the Port of Seattle accountable.
Why the port’s plan won’t work for the community or the drivers
On April 14, 2009, Port of Seattle Commissioners unanimously voted to pass a plan that will ban the dirtiest trucks (pre-1994 trucks) from port docks, starting at the end of 2010. Under the port’s plan, workers with banned trucks will receive $5,000 for scraping their truck, but if the drivers want to keep working they must buy a new truck or lose their jobs. The Port of Seattle has labeled itself “the cleanest, greenest, most energy-efficient port in the nation,” but the Port’s clean truck plan doesn’t do nearly enough to address the impacts of pollution in the neighborhoods, and it hurts the truck drivers.
L.A. Clean Trucks Program Establishes Model for WA Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports
The WA Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports is urging the Port of Seattle to adopt the L.A. Clean Truck Plan as the model for Seattle. The Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program is a central element of their Clean Air Action Plan, which targets major sources of diesel emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – ships, trains, trucks, cargo handling equipment and harbor craft.