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Urge Senate: Support port truckers, SHB 2395

Short-haul port truckers were bolstered as hundreds attended a rally and march in Seattle on Feb. 13 to show of solidarity with their cause.

OLYMPIA (Mar. 1) — Today, 40 port truck drivers will be walking the legislative halls to make their final case to state senators, urging their support of SHB 2395, a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Sells (D-Everett) to end port truckers’ misclassification as “independent” contractors. This bill, which has already passed the House and could get a Senate floor vote at any time, would make port truck drivers employees under state law, giving drivers access to:

  • Workers’ Compensation:  payment for medical care and lost time due to injuries on the job.
  • Disability Insurance: payments for family support if permanently injured on the job.
  • Unemployment Insurance: payments if laid off.
  • Civil Rights: Protection from discrimination on the job based on race or national origin.
  • Fair Wages: A right to net pay of at least $540 for every 60 hours worked (after all expenses).
  • Paycheck Protection: State protections when companies withhold pay.
  • Safety Rights: health and safety protections at work.

SHB 2395 needs to be voted on by 5 p.m. on Friday.

TAKE A STAND!  Please email and call 14 key senators who we need to persuade to support SHB 2395. Click here to participate in the email campaign. Plus, here are the names and phone numbers of the 14 senators for you to to call. Please ask them to support SHB 2395:

Sen. Margarita Prentice
District 11 (Renton)
(360) 786-7616


Sen. Craig Pridemore
District 49 (Vancouver)
(360) 786-7696
Sen. Tracey Eide
District 30 (Federal Way)
(360) 786-7658
Sen. Nick Harper
District 38 (Everett)
(360) 786-7674
Sen. Derek Kilmer
District 26 (Gig Harbor)
(360) 786-7650
Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen
District 10 (Camano Is.)
(360) 786-7618


Sen. Steve Hobbs
District 44 (Lake Stevens)
(360) 786-7686


Sen. Debbie Regala
District 27 (Tacoma)
(360) 786-7652
Sen. Tim Sheldon
District 35 (Potlatch)
(360) 786-7668
Sen. Paull Shin
District 21 (Edmonds)
(360) 786-7640


Sen. Rodney Tom
District 48 (Bellevue)
(360) 786-7694
Sen. Jerome Delvin
District 8 (Richland)
(360) 786-7614
Sen. Pam Roach
District 31 (Auburn)
(360) 786-7660


Sen. Dan Swecker
District 20 (Rochester)
(360) 786-7638

Thank you for your continued support of the port truckers.

ALSO at The Stand:

Hundreds rally to support Seattle port short-haul truckers (Feb. 13)

Truck drivers shut down Port of Seattle to expose jobs’ dangers (Feb. 2)


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