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Teamsters Statement on Appeals Court Decision Affirming AB 5 Applies to California Truck Drivers

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Following a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declaring that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act does not preempt a California law, AB 5, determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling from the 9th Circuit is a massive victory for California’s truck drivers, who for far too long have faced exploitation and misclassification at the hands of trucking companies that place corporate profit ahead of drivers’ safety and well-being,” said the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. “The court’s ruling confirms that California’s AB 5 law can be enforced against trucking companies that misclassify their workers — and it should be obvious to everyone that drivers who perform work for a trucking company are employees of that company, not independent contractors. The Teamsters are proud to support drivers in their fight for their basic rights as employees, including sick leave, health insurance, and worker’s compensation.”

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Port Division Director Ron Herrera added, “Today, we are one step closer to justice for truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Throughout the pandemic, port drivers have been standing up for their rights despite trucking companies misclassifying them as independent contractors, failing to provide them with PPE and denying them basic benefits like unemployment insurance and paid sick leave.”

Herrera continued, “With the 9th Circuit’s decision, we have state law protections to fight misclassification and make clear that these drivers are employees, not independent contractors, entitled to the same rights and protections as any other employee. The Teamsters Port Division will continue to hold trucking companies accountable for following the law and respecting the rights of port truck drivers.”