NJ LEGISLATURE TO BAN INDEPENDENT OWNER OPERATORS BY DECEMBER 2019
** ICYMI ** Bi-State President Lisa Yakomin discussed S4204 on NY Truck Stop radio last Saturday, and the negative impact it would have on the Port of NY & NJ
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
The Independent Contractor trucking model is under attack in New Jersey. 77% of the drivers who work at the Port of NY & NJ are independent contractors, but the NJ legislature is set to ban owner operators in New Jersey next month, crippling the ability to move freight at the second-largest port in the U.S.
Two bills, S4204 and A5936, re-write the ABC classification test so that Independent Owner Operators cannot pass & must work as Company Employees.
Many Independent Owner Operator drivers have no idea that they will lose their ability to work in NJ very soon if these bills pass in December. Please share this important news update with them.
Contact these legislators today and tell them you OPPOSE S4204 and A5936:
Senate President Sweeney 856-251-9801, email@example.com
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean 908-232-3673, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, 732-855-7441, email@example.com
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, 908-232-2073, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact your local legislators, too. Look them up using this link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
** NEW ** Find a full list of Legislator’s phone numbers at this link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/printable_roster.pdf
Email your legislators using an online form at this link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp
Links to Additional Resources:
- ATTENTION DRIVERS New
- CONDUCTORES DE ATENCION New
- Tell these Legislators you oppose S4204/A5936 New
- How to Find Your Legislators Online New
- Como llamar a sus Legisladores New
- BI-STATE TESTIMONY ON A5936 – 11/18/19
- BI-STATE TESTIMONY ON S4204 – 11/14/19
- BI-STATE OPPOSITION LETTER TO SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE – 11/11/19
- Printable PDF version of this Call to Action
- Printable PDF version of the talking points below
- ¿POR QUÉ OPONEMOS A S4204 Y A5936?
WHY DO WE OPPOSE S4204 AND A5936?
—The Port Driver perspective is being ignored. The sponsors of these bills did not speak to anyone from the trucking community when drafting these bills, and no one from the trucking industry was included on the Governor’s Misclassification Task Force.
—The Drivers Do Not Want This 77% of port drivers are Independent Contractors, and they want to remain independent business owners. These bills take away their right to pursue the American Dream.
— Freight Transportation Requires a Flexible Workforce The Legislature does not understand how essential Independent Contractors are to the Port Trucking industry. Freight volumes fluctuate throughout the year, and the workforce must be able to expand and contract along with it.
— Minority-Owned Businesses Will Be Hardest Hit The transportation industry has a larger share of minority workers than any other industries in NJ. This legislation will hurt minority-owned businesses
— Jobs Will Be Lost There are 6500 Owner Operators at the port, and trucking companies cannot afford to hire all of them as employees
— NJ Will Suffer Financially These bills will cost the State of NJ billions of dollars in federal, state, and local tax revenues when there aren’t enough drivers to move freight. Shippers will send their freight to other nearby ports (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk) and we will never get that business back.
— Consumers Will Pay More–for Everything! NJ is already one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. This bill will make it worse: the cost of everything that travels by truck will increase significantly, including food, medicine, fuel, clothing, electronics, and more, hitting NJ’s low-income and middle class residents the hardest.