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Teamsters Pressure For Classifications At Ports
Unions Want Limits On Firms' Use of Contractors - WSJ.com
Unions are stepping up a campaign to get the Obama administration to crack down on companies that treat workers as independent contractors instead of employees—a practice that effectively puts tens of thousands of workers out of reach of labor organizers.
Change to Win, a labor coalition that includes the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union, will release Wednesday a report critical of trucking companies that serve big ports, charging they improperly classify many truck drivers as independent contractors. Whether workers are employees or contractors is a contentious issue across a range of industries including construction, home health care, and transportation.
"We plan to use this report as further proof to take to the administration to say 'we know you want to help, you need to do it more quickly,"' said Fred Potter, director of the Teamsters port division and a vice president for the union. He and other union officials plan to push the government to file lawsuits and boost enforcement of relevant tax, employment and safety laws.
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