Save Independent Contractors in New Jersey!
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The Independent Contractor trucking model is under attack in New Jersey. The Legislature is fast-tracking two bills (S4204 & A5936) that would eliminate Independent Contractors in our state, killing jobs and crippling many industries, including the truckers who keep commerce moving at the Port of NY & NJ.
Despite strong opposition and catastrophic consequences that will result from these bills, Senator Sweeney is trying to push them through during the "lame duck" session, when he thinks no one is paying attention. This law could take effect in less than a month!
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.
-- Many Other Industries Will Also be Affected. Freelance writers, photographers, vet technicians, artists, musicians--anyone who participates in the "gig economy" will be unable to work in New Jersey.
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