NJ Bill Could Shake Up Contractor Model For Port Trucking

By Martin Bricketto (May 16, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT) -- A bill up for a vote Monday in the New Jersey Assembly to establish a presumption that port and parcel delivery truck drivers are employees and not contractors would effectively kill the use of independent owner-operators in those industries while exposing motor carriers to more costs and legal actions, opponents contend.

Groups such as the New Jersey Motor Truck Association argue that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has pushed similar legislation across the country in a bid to unionize drivers once they become employees.

"They're trying to do away with the independent contractor model so that they can go in and...

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