The Washington Post



Protests against a new California labor law that makes it harder for independen­t truckers to operate ground operations at the state’s third-busiest seaport to a virtual halt Wednesday, crimping a major artery in the U.S. supply chain. SSA Marine, which manages the largest terminal at the Port of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area, decided to close operations due to the independen­t trucker protest, port spokesman Robert Bernardo told Reuters. The other marine terminals are effectivel­y shut down for trucks, said Bernardo, adding that some vessel labor operations are underway. The law, AB5, also known as the “gig worker” law, sets tougher standards for classifyin­g workers as independen­t contractor­s.

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