Comment from BBT Logistics, Inc.

I am 100% in support of the proposed change to the Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

I am one of the owners of BBT Logistics, Inc. I have been operating in the port of NY/NJ for over 25 years. I am writing to express my support for the proposed change to the Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act which provides long-needed clarity on the classification of independent owner-operators who serve the Port of NY & NJ and ports around the country. This important legislation more clearly defines the role of independent contractors in the trucking industry, properly codifying the two most important factors in determining employment: Behavioral and Financial control. Other industries currently enjoy this clarity of classification and our industry is suffering because the correction is so needed.

These measures also help preserve and protect the decades tested and successful flexibility that the owner-operator model brings to our intermodal community, which is essential to the continued success of commerce at our port: of the more than 14,000 truck drivers registered to serve the Port of NY & NJ, 80% of them are independent owner-operators. Each one of BBT Logistics, Inc.’s drivers are independent owner-operators.

Every one of BBT Logistics, Inc.’s drivers support their families working for us. The port industry is directly responsible for supporting more than 336,000 jobs, bringing in nearly $21.2 billion in personal income, and $53.5 billion in business income generated by the industries that serve our port. The port industry also brings in $7.1 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues annually.

I urge you to approve the proposed change to the Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Thank you for your support of the intermodal trucking industry, and thank you for supporting BBT Logistics, Inc. and all similar small businesses.

Comment ID: WHD-2020-0007-0115 | 15-Oct-20

Categorized under Flexibility

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