LONG BEACH, CA – During a speech before the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Carly Fiorina today announced her opposition to the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (F4A) amendment put forward by big labor in an effort to force independent truckers out of the Port of Los Angeles.
“The F4A amendment put forward by big labor is a disaster for the future of international trade in California. It will reduce competition, raise costs and further expand the patchwork of burdensome state and local regulations without doing anything to improve air quality or safety at our state’s ports,” Fiorina said to the audience. “If this amendment passes, California ports will lose their competitive advantage over East Coast and Gulf ports. This would be a huge blow to our state’s economy and to the millions of people whose jobs depend on California’s trucking and goods movement industries.”
The Port of Long Beach has successfully implemented a clean truck program that reduced diesel emissions by 80 percent a full two years ahead of schedule. On the other hand, the program devised by labor unions at the Port of Los Angeles has been put on hold by the federal court. Therefore, the unions are lobbying for an amendment to F4A that would enable Los Angeles – and any port city – to ban independent truckers from the port.
“Barbara Boxer regularly claims to fight for California’s jobs. If she’s serious about job creation, then I urge her to stand up and oppose this disastrous amendment instead of standing with the big labor unions that back her campaigns,” continued Fiorina. “Issues like these are perfect examples of the incredible power special interests yield over career politicians in California and in Washington. I am the only political outsider in the race for California’s U.S. Senate seat, and as a U.S. senator, I will always stand up for our state’s job creators and defend our state’s economy.”
Cargo movement through the San Pedro ports is one of our nation’s greatest economic engines. The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles together handle more than 40 percent of the nation’s total import traffic and 24 percent of the nation’s total export traffic. This represents $256 billion in trade flowing into and out of these ports, creating some 3.3 million jobs. Currently, one in seven Southern California jobs are linked to the ports.