Washington state bill would bar owner-operators from port— Jill Dunn | February 22, 2013


Seattle port


Washington House members are considering bills to requiring Port of Seattle to bar owner-operators and altering the state’s definition of independent contractors.

On Feb. 21, the House labor executive committee was to review HB 1719, which stipulates Seattle’s port could use only employee drivers for transporting containerized cargo other than agricultural products. It also mandates that these employee drivers be covered under state public employee collective bargaining laws.

During Feb. 19 testimony, the committee heard the legislation could be affected by the outcome of the American Trucking Associations’ lawsuit against the Port of Los Angeles. The Supreme Court will hear the ATA’s case against the port’s trucking concession requirements April 16.

The court will consider issues including whether banning a carrier’s port access is a partial suspension of its federally granted operating authority and thereby outside state authority.

An amendment was introduced to remove requiring loading and unloading be done only by employees, but expanding the driver employee rule to Port of Tacoma.

The Washington Trucking Association testified truckers make a choice to become owner-operators rather than company drivers. They can increase earnings by hauling longer distances than drayage and the significant driver shortage also means truckers do not have limited employment options.

The bill would bankrupt too many trucking companies serving the port, the WTA added.

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One thought on “Washington state bill would bar owner-operators from port— Jill Dunn | February 22, 2013

  1. An inspiring and mtntvaiiog story for us all.I read in the newspaper yesterday, about the passing of Donald Schneider, the second generation owner of Schneider National. One of the largest trucking companies in the U.S., Schneider National had over 10,000 of their distinctive orange, tractor-trailers on the road. The company became known as Big Orange .Don’s father founded the company in Green Bay, Wisc. in 1935 when he sold the family car to buy his first truck. Don started out as a mechanic’s assistant and began driving when he was 18.From there he got his degree in accounting and took over as chief executive in 1976. Schneider National went from $94 million in valuation when Don took over, to $2.6 billion when he stepped down as CEO in 2002.The company grew throughout the 60 s and 70 s through mergers an acquisitions and was always on the leading edge of technology, leading the way into logistics by arranging delivery of time-sensitive deliveries by truck and rail and later pioneering the use of standardized containers, known today as intermodal. So what do we take away from an amazing life and story?1. Even the biggest trucking companies start with one truck.2. Always be on the lookout for opportunities. Opportunities never stop coming. They are always out there for us all and we here at Pro Drivers USA want you to succeed and fulfill all your dreams.Best to you all,Mark OlsonFounder, Pro Drivers USA

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