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The arrival of robots at the nation’s largest marine terminal is exposing a stark economic divide between two sets of Southern California workers: highly-paid unionized dockworkers, and largely immigrant truckers.

@margotroosevelt reports:  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-11-07/port-automation-dockworkers-vs-truckers 

Walter Diaz, a truck driver, never knows whether it will take him a half hour - or seven hours - to pick up his cargo.

He’s paid by the load, so he applauds the arrival of more waterfront robots. 📸: @alschaben  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-11-07/port-automation-dockworkers-vs-truckers 

International Longshore and Warehouse Union officials blame terminal operators, saying tensions between dockworkers and truckers result from technology glitches or from skimping on staffing.  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-11-07/port-automation-dockworkers-vs-truckers 

Union officials also argue that truckers will also be harmed by automation.

Eventually, they contend, robots will slow down cargo logistics overall, causing the ports to lose business. If there's less cargo, there's less work for truckers. 🎥: @JRcorp  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-11-07/port-automation-dockworkers-vs-truckers 


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