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AB 950 would deem independent drayage truck operators to be employees

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AB 950 would make drayage truck operators employees of those persons who arrange for or engage their services.  As a result, drayage truck drivers would be employees for purposes of state employment law, including, but not limited to, workers compensation, occupational safety and health, and retaliation or discrimination.

The bill defines a "drayage truck operator" as "the driver of, or any person, party, or entity that controls the operation of, any in-use on-road vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 33,000 pounds operating on or transgressing through port or intermodal rail yard property for the purpose of loading, unloading, or transporting cargo, including containerized, bulk, or break-bulk goods."

The Journal of Commerce reports that the "classification of drayage truck drivers is a key issue in the effort by the Teamsters union to organize harbor truck drivers, not only in California but in ports across the nation...Drivers at most ports are classified as independent contractors, and by federal law unions cannot organize independent contractors. If classified as employees, however, the drivers could be organized."  You can read more about it at http://www.joc.com/government-regulation/assembly-decide-fate-drayage-trucker-classification.

You can find the full text of the bill at http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_950&sess=1112&house=B&author=john_a._p%E9rez