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Teamsters Go to Sacramento in Support of Dynamex, AB 5

Teamsters from more than 15 locals unions within California Joint Councils 7 and 42 took part in a hearing and lobby day in Sacramento in support of legislation to help end misclassification.

More than 50 Teamsters joined the California Labor Federation at the Capitol to show their support for Assembly Bill (AB) 5. In April, the California Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. vs Superior Court of Los Angeles, referred to as “Dynamex,” simplified the test for determining whether a worker is classified as an employee for minimum wage and overtime protections. Assembly Bill (AB) 5 is legislation that would codify Dynamex into state law, and make it harder for employers to misclassify their employees as independent contractors.

“Misclassification is an attempt to weaken the bargaining power of workers. Unchecked, it will contribute to ever-widening income inequality and increased corporate power,” said Doug Bloch, Political Director for Teamsters Joint Council 7.

Bloch was a panelist on the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment hearing titled, “Dynamex and Beyond: Understanding the Legal and Policy Landscape of Workers Misclassification in California.”

He noted that good employers who play by the rules should not be undercut by companies that misclassify their workers as independent contractors to avoid the minimum wage, payroll taxes, Social Security, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and more.

“We urge the passage of AB 5 to help protect and rebuild this state’s middle class,” Bloch said.
Between 2016 and 2018, the Teamsters Local 63 and Joint Council 42 secured union contracts for truck drivers and warehouse workers at a food distribution company in Los Angeles Unified School District’s supply chain. With LAUSD’s Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) on the books, which includes Valued Workforce standards for all vendors and their suppliers, the Local and Joint Council were able to make the case for higher wages and workplace protections.

Through the process of collective bargaining, 320 drivers and warehouse workers now make a living wage and have a legally binding contract they can use to protect themselves against discrimination and favoritism on the job. According to Randy Cammack, this would not have been possible without the GFPP. “We need more public institutions to adopt the GFPP so we can continue to transform the entire food supply chain into one that is more just for everyone involved.”

These 320 workers have seen their base salary increase (from $13/hour to $19/hour for drivers and from close to minimum wage to $14/hour and then $16/hour), are guaranteed raises over the next three years, have a grievance procedure, a voice with management, and a new pay incentive program.

“With a Teamster contract, my family has much more stability,” said Raymond Aviles, a Teamster Local 63 member. “I can provide for my family and give my kids a better life. It also feels good to be part of an overall program that is better for schools, kids, local farmers and other workers like me.”

We are pleased to recognize Teamsters Local 63 and Joint Council 42 in Southern California for their longstanding success in ensuring that workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District supply chain are paid livable wages, have safe workplaces, job protection, and a voice on the job. In particular, we recognize the leadership of Randy Cammack, the President of JC 42 and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 63, with the 2018 Good Food Local Hero award.


“We need more public institutions to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program so we can continue to transform the entire food supply chain into one that is more just for everyone involved.”

- Randy Cammack, President of Joint Council 42 and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 63


“With a Teamster contract, my family has much more stability, I can provide for my family and give my kids a better life. It also feels good to be apart of an overall program that is better for schools, kids, local farmers and other workers like me.”

- Raymond Aviles, Teamsters Joint Council 42 & Local 63