The Logistics Professional Group, in conjunction with ABA’s newly-formed State Affairs Working Group, has worked to ensure bakers utilizing independent contractors will not face uncertainty with regard to whether their company could face worker misclassification lawsuits. On a federal level, this involves working with the Department of Labor (DoL) on creating clear definitions of employees.
DRIVE Safe Act
The DRIVE Safe Act is one of the biggest legislative efforts ABA has engaged with for the driver shortage issue. The bill would lower the interstate Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) age from 21 to 18 pending implementation of certain truck safety features and a 400-hour probationary period. While some members may not be able to take advantage of these younger drivers directly, the industry would experience a decrease in pressure on the market for drivers.
At the Spring Logistics Conference, ABA gathered information about member top-line priorities and personal anecdotes on the driver shortage. With this critical insight, ABA can bring the stories and struggles of Bakers to key legislators to highlight the need for immediate action.
About the Logistics Professionals Group
The Logistics Professionals Group is made up of distribution, logistics, and transportation executives of the wholesale baking industry. It provides an opportunity for these professionals to stay informed on industry issues and public policy impacting this segment of the industry.
Upcoming Logistics Conference
The group will gather at the Logistics Conference at IBIE to discuss critical issues such as FSMA, sanitary transportation, pallet purchasing, truck only tolling, and more. Members share their concerns with one another and with ABA. With a unified front, ABA can effectively address those issues.
- Gina Reo, Quality Assurance Strategies, President
- Brad Gething, National Wooden Pallet & Container Association, Director of Science & Technology Integration
- Joe Sculley, Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, President