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.