Things grew more serious on the third consecutive day of protests at the Port of Oakland, as truckers opposed to a new California labor law blocked gates and triggered a total shutdown of operations on Wednesday.
Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan warned that a continued shutdown will "damage all the businesses operating at the ports" and encourage shippers to choose different ones. CNBC reports the protest is slated to extend through Friday.
Truckers are protesting Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), a gig economy law that compels businesses to treat many more workers as employees rather than independent contractors. More than 70% of truckers who service America's largest ports are independent contractors, according to the California Trucking Association (CTA).