California Assembly Passes Landmark Legislation to Clean Up Port Trucking Industry

PRESS ADVISORY: August 31, 2018

PORTS OF LOS ANGELES & LONG BEACH, CA – Today, the California State Legislature approved Senate Bill 1402 (Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)), to restore dignity to the hard-working men and women who haul our nation’s cargo by cleaning up our port trucking industry. The bill now proceeds to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown for signature.

Click here for a copy of the press release from the office of Senator Lara.

The following is a statement from Fred Potter, Vice President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Director of the Teamsters Port Division:

“California’s ports are a powerhouse driving our economy and connecting us to the world. The 25,000 men and women who haul cargo containers on and off the docks have some of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in America. More than a decade of court rulings, media stories, and independent reports have revealed rampant labor violations in the port trucking industry, and the State Labor Commissioner has awarded tens of millions of dollars to hundreds of drivers for wage theft due to misclassification as independent contractors. Nevertheless, drivers are still suffering and it is past time for justice.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Lara for introducing this landmark legislation, and for Senator Bradford and Assembly Members Gonzalez Fletcher and Thurmond for co-authoring SB 1402. We urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1402 to restore dignity to the hard-working men and women in the driver’s seats by cleaning up our port trucking industry.”

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Justice for Port Drivers: With the dedicated support from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, plus many other labor, community, and faith allies, we are fighting to change the port trucking industry so we can win justice for ourselves and our families. More than 75,000 strong, we haul our country’s imports and exports for retail companies, for manufacturers, and for the U.S. Military. We are proud to be professional truck drivers and proud of the service we provide. Without us, America would stop.