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Thousands of people who drive trucks and cars for a living could face some new rules for the road. Assembly Bill 5 would reclassify some independent contractors as employees. “I got into trucking to be an independent contractor,” said Antwawn Branch who hails from Virginia but was getting fuel in Sacramento on Thursday. “I work for myself,” Branch said. “I like being independent, I don’t want to be no one’s employee so I think it’s a terrible bill." Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is the author of AB 5. The San Diego Democrat sees her bill as worker protection for people who drive for a living.
On Tuesday, dozens of independent truckers who own and operate their own rigs drove around the Capitol in a street protest against AB 5. Those truckers said the bill would take away their flexibility to work when they want – and where they want – and threaten their ability to make a living.
The primary thrust of the bill is aimed at the so-called gig economy, including independent contractors who drive for Uber and Lyft, who would now be considered employees and won't be able to set their own rates.
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