Wednesday July 19, 2017
Joe Buscaino, City Councilmember, 15th District, wrote a letter on July 11, 2017 to Target Corporation CEO, Mr. Brian Cornell, and long time client of TTSI to update him that TTSI is embracing an ethical code of conduct. TTSI is a leader in the drayage industry and strive to be 100% California Compliant.
"As the Los Angeles City Councilmember representing the Harbor area and the port of Los Angeles, as well as the Chair of Council's Trade, Travel, & Tourism District, I have been working to address serious allegations of the abusive employment practices in America's port drayage industry described as "indentured servitude" in the recent USA Today investigative story entitled "Rigged." Target, along with other prominent retailers, were named in the article in conjunction with a leading drayage carrier, TTSI of California, that I understand has used for many years.
I write to update you that TTSI has embraced an ethical code of conduct, unlike many other port drayage companies who continue to lack compliance with labor and health and safety laws. TTSI has recently established two employee based companies - ECO Flow Transportation and Heavy Load Transportation (HLT) - making it one of a few companies to serve as models of compliance for the trucking industry....
Given Target's high ethical standards, I encourage retailers like Target to support compliant law-abiding companies as you chose your partners much as Target and other major retailers embrace the Los Angeles Port Clean Truck Program by agreeing to pay higher rates in order to finance a clean fleet of trucks. In fact, adopting a code of conduct for your drayage companies would prevent the documented burden borne by drivers from reoccurring when the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach move to a zero-emission standard for its fleet of drayage trucks servicing the port recently announced by Mayors Garcetti and Garcia."