Until this spring, California port truck driver Alex Paz was considered an independent contractor. He had paid for fuel and registration of a truck, but the truck itself was owned by the trucking company. Some months, after the company deducted his costs, he ended up owing the company money.
"I didn't feel like I was working for myself," he says.
Under pressure from Paz and the Teamsters Union, the company reclassified him as an employee.
"It's a lot better because now you get paid. You know you're an employee," Paz says.