Things grew more serious on the third consecutive day of protests at the Port of Oakland, as truckers opposed to a new California labor law blocked gates and triggered a total shutdown of operations on Wednesday.
Per The Associated Press:
The protest that began Monday involves hundreds of independent big-rig truckers that have blocked the movement of cargo in and out of terminals at the port, which is one of the 10 busiest container ports in the country.
Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan warned that a continued shutdown will “damage all the businesses operating at the ports” and encourage shippers to choose different ones. CNBC reports the protest is slated to extend through Friday.
Truckers are protesting Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), a gig economy law that compels businesses to treat many more workers as employees rather than independent contractors. More than 70% of truckers who service America’s largest ports are independent contractors, according to the California Trucking Association (CTA).
Though it’s beyond the comprehension of California’a authoritarian Democrats, plenty of people have weighed the advantages and disadvantages of being an independent contractor and choose to do it of their own free will. Among them are some 70,000 California truckers who own their own rigs, including non-California residents who will now be snared by AB5 when they operate in California.
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