Port of Savannah truck drivers fight for fair working conditions

Published: Jun. 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Truck drivers gathered together Saturday to show their struggle to the Savannah community.

Port of Savannah drivers and their families fought for fair working conditions during a community driver forum held at Savannah's Coastal Georgia Center.

The drivers testified before a panel of politicians, government officials, community activists, and faith leaders about the vital role they play in the regional economy and their ongoing struggle for fair pay.

"Port drivers are locked out of the american dream. They are excluded from laws that give them the right to organize to have a voice. So what we are doing is providing the forum so drivers can have that voice." said Ben Speight, Organizer from Teamsters.

Panel members spent the afternoon responding to the drivers' testimony and discussing ways in which the Port of Savannah can improve working conditions.

The event was moderated by WTOC's Don Logana.

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