Truck drivers end strike at Port of Seattle

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 14 at 6:21 PM

SEATTLE -- Hundreds of truck drivers have decided to return to work at the Port of Seattle after a two-week long strike.

Truck drivers were upset over paying thousands of dollars out-of-pocket to maintain their vehicles, yet cargo companies continued to pack on oversized loads that make their trucks unsafe on the road.

An estimated 400-500 truck drivers took part in the strike, even protesting outside the Port of Seattle gates last week.

With help from local unions, a task force will now be formed to look into the safety and expense issues expressed by drivers.

Drivers also complained it was unfair for them to pay fines for equipment they don't own. Typically, the container belongs to the shipper, the chassis that it sits on is owned by a trailer company and the drivers are the owners and operators of the truck.

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