BY JOHN RAMOS
JULY 5, 2022 / 6:17 PM / CBS SAN FRANCISCO
A law designed to force gig-economy companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to accept workers as employees is also having a profound impact on the trucking industry. AB5 was intended to give transport workers more workplace protections, but for truckers who own and operate their own rigs, they said it may be the end of the road.
On Thursday, June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court made news again, this time by refusing to hear a challenge by California truckers to the new law that requires truck drivers to be employees of the trucking companies they do business with.
“This ruling really took everybody off-guard, especially at the speed that they kicked this back and essentially made it law,” said Paul Brashier, Vice President of ITS Logistics, a commercial transport company.
The problem is, nearly all of the state’s goods are transported by truck, many of which are owned and operated by individual drivers.
That’s especially the case at the Port of Oakland.
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