Port truck drivers march against inequality in MLK parade - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Port truck drivers march against inequality

Posted: Updated:
Port drivers march in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Port drivers march in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Port truck drivers marched in Savannah's 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

They wanted to bring attention to the struggles the drivers and their families face at the second busiest port on the East Coast. Drivers say they are taking a stand against trucking companies that undermine the law and avoid fair taxes by misclassifying drivers and providing low wages.

"The companies need to give drivers more money," said Jerome Irwin. "The Port of Savannah is booming, but they are not giving it to the people who are making it boom. The truck drivers are the back bone of the port. Nothing can be delivered without the trucks, but they wont pay trucks what they are supposed to pay them."

U.S. port drivers are the most underpaid in the trucking industry, according to the data from the drivers. A typical professional driver earns nearly $28,000 a year before taxes.

Copyright 2013 WTOC News. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow