LA City Councilmember Janice Hahn called for better working arrangements for port truck drivers. Hahn noted that, even as the ports generate a multitude of middle-class jobs, most drivers come from other countries and work as independent contractors, to the convenience of the truck companies that regularly deduct expenses from truckers’ salaries. Moreover, while the councilmember cited the success of the Clean Trucks Program, which has reduced air pollution at the ports by up to 80%, much of the costs to modify tractors are shouldered on the truck drivers themselves. To date, however, state and federal labor agencies have increasingly enforced regulations that favor drivers, while some transportation companies have answered the clamors of drivers by offering better wages and various benefits. Truck drivers and transport companies should get their act together if our ports want to stay competitive in light of an expanding Panama Canal.