As some of you may know, AB5 was a bill passed in California in early 2020 that states workers can only be classified as independent contractors if a worker meets the following three AB5 factors:
1. The company does not control or direct a worker.
2. The worker performs tasks outside the organization.
3. Independently established in that trade, occupation, or business.
If, however, a worker does not fall into one or more of these categories they must be classified as an employee by the organization they provide services for. During this time, the California Trucking Association (CTA) took out and won a state court injunction preventing the law from being enforced in the trucking sector.
On June 30th, 2022, the supreme court elected to decline to hear a challenge from the CTA, affecting truckers who owned and leased their trucks in the California supply chain industry which is roughly about 70% of the workforce. The challenge that independent truckers now face is being forced to create a sole proprietorship if they would like to stay independent from any organization.
The following footage was captured by our very own SQF manager, Hiro Mikuriya, on his way to work this morning on the 110 North from San Pedro to Torrance. According to our sources, this was an organized event intended to shut down terminal operations for a few hours and quite possibly more shifts on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.