AB 5

Government, Business, Logistics

Port of Oakland AB 5 Protests Wind Down

Port of Oakland Earlier protests at the port have ended. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Operations at the Port of Oakland have resumed after being paused in the wake of protests from independent truck drivers unhappy with a state law that would reclassify them as employees of motor carriers.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
July 27, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Trucker AB 5 Blockade Ends at Port of Oakland

A Matson cargo ship at the Port of Oakland in November of 2021 A Matson cargo ship at the Port of Oakland in November of 2021. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Fruit, nuts and wine are again flowing through the Port of Oakland after truckers quietly ended a multiday blockade over the weekend amid a crackdown on AB 5 protesters by port authorities.

Eliyahu Kamisher | Bay Area News Group
July 25, 2022
Government, Business, TCA

Truckers Defy AB 5 ‘Free Speech Zones,’ Continue Oakland Blockade

Truckers rally during a protest in front of Matson shipping at the Port of Oakland Truckers rally during a protest in front of Matson shipping at the Port of Oakland on July 21. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via Tribune News Agency)

A group of California truck drivers trying to force changes to the AB 5 state labor law brought the Port of Oakland to another standstill on July 22, continuing a multiday chokehold on one of the West Coast’s busiest shipping hubs.

Eliyahu Kamisher | Bay Area News Group
July 22, 2022
Government, Business

Trucker AB 5 Protest Hampers Operations at Port of Oakland

 Protesters block a truck from entering the Port of Oakland July 18. Protesters block a truck from entering the Port of Oakland July 18. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

About 450 dockworkers did not report to work at California’s third-busiest port, Port of Oakland, July 21 as truckers protesting the AB 5 gig-work law blocked access to the operation for a fourth day.

Augusta Saraiva | Bloomberg News
July 21, 2022
Government, Business

AB 5 Trucker Protest Leads Oakland Port to Close Terminals

Truckers protest at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., July 18. Truckers protest at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., July 18. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

California’s third-busiest port, the Port of Oakland, shut down some of its gates and marine terminals for a third day July 20 as truckers protesting the AB 5 gig-work law that could take 70,000 drivers off the road blocked access to the operation.

Augusta Saraiva | Bloomberg News
July 20, 2022
Government, Business, TCA

Truckers Decry AB 5 Labor Law at Oakland Port

AB 5 protest at Port of Oakland A truck is blocked by protesters at the main entrance of the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., July 18. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via Tribune Content Agency)

Over 100 truck drivers showed up at the Port of Oakland in California on July 18, not to move cargo but to protest a state labor law they say could end their independence — and their livelihood.

Eliyahu Kamisher | Bay Area News Group
July 19, 2022
Government, Business

Trade Groups Ask Newsom to Delay Enforcement of AB 5

California Gov. Gavin Newsom The letter asks Newsom to call labor and industry to the table “to negotiate a path forward to preserve small business trucking in the state of California and prevent further disruptions to the supply chain.” (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

More than 70 trade associations representing wide-ranging supply chain interests have sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to issue an executive order to temporarily pause enforcement of the state’s AB 5 contractor law.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 18, 2022
Government, Business, TCA

Truckers’ AB 5 Protest Fueled by Lack of Clarity

 Protesters block a truck from entering the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. Protesters block a truck from entering the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., July 18. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Protests over California's AB 5 law could have a dramatic impact on the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, where more than 70% of truckers are owner-operators.

Donna Littlejohn | Los Angeles Daily News
July 18, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Truckers Protest AB 5 Law at Three California Ports

Trucks at the West Basin Container Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif. Trucks at the West Basin Container Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., in November of 2020. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

Truckers servicing the California port gateways of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland staged protests July 13 as state-level labor rules that change their employment status begin to go into effect, creating another potential choke point in stressed U.S. supply chains.

July 13, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

California’s AB 5 Goes Into Effect, Leaves Questions for Carriers, Owner-Operators

California Trucks on a San Diego highway. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a challenge to a controversial California law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as motor carrier employees, carriers and independent contractors could soon be thrust into an uncertain business environment.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 7, 2022

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