The New York State Motor Truck Association and the Teamsters have sent a joint letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) urging him to sign a private contractor bill supported by the truckers and labor.
Under state law, Cuomo has until Dec. 31 to sign or veto the bill — the New York State Commercial Goods Industry Fair Play Act — passed by the House and Senate in June. A third option is for the governor to allow the bill to become law without his signature.
Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi would not say which way the governor is leaning.
The truckers and Teamsters said in their Dec. 13 letter that the measure “redefines” the definition of an employee in the trucking industry.
“This will protect commercial goods transportation employees from wrongful misclassification that results in severe financial difficulty and loss of wages,” said the letter signed by Kendra Hems, NYSMTA president, and George Miranda, president of the Teamsters Joint Council 16.