Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by
An order issued late Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. District Court, temporarily halts the Port of Los Angeles’ (“POLA”) plan to exclude owner-operator drivers from performing services at the Port. The order reinstates the previously issued injunction in favor of the ATA against POLA’s employee mandate as set forth in its Concession Agreement for carriers serving the Port. POLA announced in late September that 20% of the gate moves performed by carriers in the final quarter of 2011 would have to be performed by employee drivers, with additional phase-in requirements of 66% of gate moves by employee drivers by the end of 2012 and 100% of gate moves by employee drivers by the end of 2013. In light of the Court’s ruling Tuesday that phase-in schedule is on hold until the appellate process is complete. The remainder of the terms of the Concession Agreement will remain in place while the ATA’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is pending.