Owner-operators whose trucks service ports in California
could gain the right to collectively bargain under a bill now before the
That measure, SB848, would extend to port owner-operators
the right to organize and to collectively negotiate with port motor carriers
regarding such matters as compensation and benefits.
In addition, it would extend to those drivers key benefits
that many employees in the state have, such as the ability to withhold their
services on a collective basis – in essence, the right to legally strike – and
to be free from any coercion by port motor carriers regarding those rights.
Currently, the Senate Rules Committee is deciding which
committee in the upper chamber will first consider the bill, which was
introduced Feb. 22 by Sen. Joseph Dunn, D-Garden Grove.
Information on the Legislature’s Web site indicates the bill
could be acted on as early as March 25.