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Truckers plan 2-day strike at S. California ports

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the twin Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they plan a two-day strike beginning Monday.

The truckers say their protest is directed not at the busy ports themselves but at the companies that employ drivers.

They say many of the companies wrongly classify drivers as independent contractors rather than employees in order to pay them less.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1fGTFzg ) reported Sunday that more than 500 complaints charging misclassification have been filed with the state Department of Industrial Relations. Thirty-two drivers have won a total of $3.8 million in wages and penalties from 13 trucking companies.

Justice For Port Truckers says it will picket the ports' cargo terminals.

Drivers have previously picketed the trucking firms.

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