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Independent Truckers Hold Capitol Convoy to Highlight Imminent Threat AB5 Poses to Owner Operators

Over 100 Independent Truckers will return to the Capitol Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 5th, followed by media availability with Owner-Operator Truck Drivers

CA Truckers Guild

Sacramento,California (PR MediaRelease) September 5, 2019

WHAT:

  • Convoy of over 100 trucks circling the Capitol.
  • Approximately 50 additional independent truckers will be inside the building starting at approximately 9am hoping to meet with members and staff to prevent AB5 from putting them out of business, as the bill would do as now written.
  • Media Availability with Independent Truck Owner-Operators

AB 5 would essentially end the use of independent truckers who own and operate their own trucks and set their own schedules, many of whom are immigrants and minorities, who have saved and invested in their own trucks to achieve their own American Dream.

WHO: Over 100 independent, owner-operator truckers and CA Trucker Guild representatives.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, September 5:

  • Convoy arrives at the Capitol at 11:00 a.m. and continues…;
  • Media availability with owner-operator truckers at 11:30 in front of Chicory Café (1105 L Street)

VISUALS: Interviews with independent owner-operator truckers against backdrop of truck convoy, Capitol, affected community members.

WHY: The CA Truckers Guild was formed in the wake of the Dynamex court decision that could eliminate legitimate truck owner-operators in California. The Guild’s goal is to protect and retain independent owner operators and legitimate truck brokers in construction and agriculture.

Specifically, Assembly Bill 5 is working its way through the legislature to codify construction truck owner operators as employees – thereby reversing decades of accepted independence that has allowed these owners to decide whom they want to work for and when they want to work. They want the freedom to choose between being an employee or independent contractor. The legislature should not remove or limit this freedom of choice, which has worked well for decades.

Over the past several weeks, Guild Truckers have flooded Governor Newsom’s office with phone calls and email in an effort to protect their own businesses by

urging the governor to oppose AB 5. For more information:

www.catruckersguild.org

THE GUILD REPRESENTS HUNDREDS OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSPERSONS WHO OWN AND OPERATE THEIR TRUCKS AND ARE HIRED INDIVIDUALLY BY CONSTRUCTION AND AGRICULTURE COMPANIES IN THE STATE.
The Guild was formed in the wake of the Dynamex court decision that could eliminate legitimate owner-operators in California. The Guild’s goal is to protect and retain independent owner operators in construction and agriculture.

Specifically Assembly Bill 5 is working its way through the legislature to codify construction truck owner operators as employees – thereby reversing decades of accepted independence that allowed these owners decide whom they want to work for and when they want to work.

For example thousands of owner operators are working to clean up the Camp Fire aftermath that destroyed Chico while others are cleaning up the 70,000 acres burned in the Woolsey Fire in Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. Unless owner-operators are exempted from the codification of Dynamex, they must stop work immediately on these two nationally known disasters.

Ana Carlton
Advocacy.Marketing
Partner
916-619-9601
ana@advocacy.marketing
Beth Miller
Miller Public Affairs
President & CEO
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bmiller@millerpagroup.com
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