Hearing set on bill to allow California port truckers to organize

| 4/11/2005

California lawmakers have scheduled a committee hearing for April 27 on a bill that would give port owner-operators in the state the right to collectively bargain.

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.

The bill, which was introduced Feb. 22 by Sen. Joseph Dunn, D-Garden Grove, is now before the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations, which scheduled the hearing.