Article from the San Francisco Chronicle by Carolyn Said.

In the first big challenge to California’s new gig-work law, the California Trucking Association filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block it from applying to truck drivers.

The new law, AB5, slated to take effect on Jan. 1, makes it much harder for companies to claim that workers are independent contractors. The trucking group says it could result in reclassification of independent owner-operators as employees.

The drivers want to remain independent, the group said. Truck owner-operators last week staged protests in San Francisco, Oakland and other cities saying they did not want to become employees. Many said they had already worked as employee-drivers before investing $150,000 or more in their big-rigs and striking out on their own.

“AB5 threatens the livelihood of more than 70,000 independent truckers,” said CTA CEO Shawn Yadon in a statement. “The bill wrongfully restricts their ability to provide services as owner-operators and, therefore, runs afoul of federal law.”

Read the entire article at The San Francisco Chronicle.

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