Jill Dunn

New Mexico expands CDL retesting opportunities

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill that will increase the number of times the CDL knowledge test may be taken from three times per year to twice a week.

Read More

Trucker strike, shutdown continues at Port Vancouver as owner-ops reject proposal

Container truck traffic has fallen 85 percent at Canada’s Port Vancouver, where union and non-union truckers have rejected a mediator’s return-to-work proposal. The unionized Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association and United Truckers Association, the port’s owner-operator organization, refused mediator’s Vince Ready tentative agreement March 8. The federally-appointed third-party intermediary met with truckers to broker the proposal. Ready’s independent review of Port Metro Vancouver’s trucking operations is expected to be completed by summer. The Retail Council of Canada reported March ...

Read More

Independent contractor status in question: What’s happening with ‘misclassification’ efforts nationwide

Trucking and labor nationwide are engaged in a debate over what determines independent contractor status, as lawmakers and courts consider whether owner-operators should be classified as employees.

Read More

DOT tells appeals court federal law does not supersede Calif.’s lunch break law

Federal preemption does not prevent California's meal-and-rest regulations from applying to truck drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation told an appellate court this week.

Read More

House approves bill to exempt some fuel haulers from hours regs until May 31

U.S. House members have approved a measure that would extend hours-of-service exemptions for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31.

Read More

More truckers join strike at Vancouver port over wait times, rates

Union drivers plan to join a non-union truckers’ strike at Canada’s Port Vancouver. Port officials are considering solutions, and they have obtained an injunction against protestors disrupting operations.

Read More

Truckers protest at Vancouver port, disrupt operations

Stakeholders at Canada’s Port Vancouver say protesting non-union truckers have attempted to intimidate drivers working the facility, while the port’s container hauler union may strike, too.

Read More

Oregon governor asks port to address wait time for truckers

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked the Port of Portland to “seek immediate independent review” of equipment dockworkers say has caused excessive wait times for truckers at one port terminal.

Read More

Vancouver port truckers plan shutdown for Feb. 26

Truckers serving Canada’s Port Vancouver plan to stop work Feb. 26 in protest of excessive wait time and other issues.

Read More

Worker advocacy groups say nearly 70 percent of port truckers misclassified as contractors

Nearly 50,000 of the 75,000 port truckers in the U.S. are misclassified as independent contractors, according to a recent report, which says the misclassification costs federal and state governments significant tax losses.

Read More