SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Andriana Burkhammer-Flores is a third-generation longshore worker. She drives UTR cargo vehicles on the port, but the vehicles she drives could soon be automated amid threats felt by longshore workers.
“I was a single mother for a long time. I have a 16-year-old son, so, I’ve been a single mom for quite a while. This actually afforded me to purchase my home at 23-years-old,” Flores said.
Flores is one of the 100s of unionized port workers that are part of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The port workers came to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners hearing in opposition of port automation that she says will take away jobs.
“It makes a huge difference. I don’t see how anybody