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Rep. Steel leads CA delegation calling on state democrats to repeal AB5

Rep. Michelle Steel led members of the California Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to Governor Newsom urging him to take immediate action to prevent Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) from devastating the California trucking industry and further crippling nationwide supply chains.

“Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition that leaves a reported 70,000 independent truckers with serious doubts about whether they can continue to operate inside our state. This creates a legal mess made by the State of California,” wrote the lawmakers.

They continued, “AB5 continues to restrict the ability of Californians to work as independent contractors. This law creates a chilling effect for many supply chain industries and makes it more difficult for independently contracted truck drivers to operate, leading many to leave California. Without enough truckers, cargo will continue to sit at the ports waiting to be delivered. We must allow for truckers in California to work as independent contractors.”

They concluded, “It is critical that you take action to ensure that this recent ruling will not add burdens to our already-crippled supply chains. Our constituents and local small businesses want to see this crisis resolved before they are further overwhelmed by broken supply chains, skyrocketing inflation, and the unacceptable state of our economy.”

The lawmakers sent the letter after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up California Trucking Association v. Bonta, a case challenging AB5. AB5 was enacted by state lawmakers in 2019 and reclassifies many independent contractors as “employees,” subjecting them to stricter regulations and increasing costs of operations. The law had been stayed pending appeal, but will now go into effect, potentially shrinking the number of critical independent truckers, further worsening the backlogs at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and exacerbating the supply chain crisis.

Members of Congress joining Rep. Steel in sending the letter include Reps. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Darrell Issa (CA-50), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Young Kim (CA-39), Tom McClintock (CA-4), Mike Garcia (CA-25), Connie Conway (CA-22), David Valadao (CA-21), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), and Jay Obernolte (CA-08).

Read the full letter here.

This article was released by the Office of Congresswoman Michelle Steel.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you Michelle – Kudos to you – & the other Representatives who are standing with you – & standing up
    “for” the people … AB5 – authored by Lorena Gonzales has wrecked havoc for so many Independent Contractors
    – myself included…
    And Gonzalez’s glib comment of, “Well, it got people talking,” is only because it doesn’t affect “her” income…
    AB5 needs to be abolished – removed…
    Thank you for your tireless efforts…

  2. Thank you Rep Steel. There are so few in DC fighting for working people, it’s good that you are there for us.

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