New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed the Truck Operator Independent Contractor Act, which would have reclassified port truckers and parcel delivery truckers as employees, instead of as independent contractors, according to Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, who sponsored the bill.
Wisniewski, Deputy Speaker and chair of the Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities committee, disapproved of the veto:
“Gov. Christie’s veto of the Truck Operator Independent Contractor Act, legislation I sponsored to protect truck drivers who are incorrectly treated as contractors rather than employees, is just the latest example of the governor siding against hardworking New Jerseyans,” Wisniewski said in a written statement. “His veto keeps in place a system that is unfair to workers and unfair to those companies that play by the rules.”
“Because of the governor’s veto, unethical companies will continue to skirt the law by gaming the system to avoid paying their fair share of taxes,” he continued. “In doing so, they will also continue to deprive their drivers of Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits.”
Business groups, including the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, had urged Christie to veto the bill, A1578, although it was supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and other labor groups. The New Jersey Senate approved the bill in May.
A federal court recently banned an employee-driver mandate the Port of Los Angeles, thus preventing the Teamsters from organizing harbor truck drivers there.