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Commercial Motor Vehicles Should be Exempt from Senate’s Driverless Car Legislation

“Congress has a responsibility to millions of Americans who make a living driving commercial vehicles. It is imperative lawmakers work with all stakeholders — including transportation labor — to carefully and thoughtfully address the impact these vehicles will have on jobs, wages, and worker safety.”

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Trump’s deal with Dems spurs hopes for road money

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LAING FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Washington — President Donald Trump’s proposal to spend $1 trillion to improve the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure has been stuck in neutral as he struggles to advance his legislative priorities in Congress. But the president who built his national reputation as a deal-maker struck an accord […]

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US lawmakers speed up potentially dangerous autonomous vehicle legislation

AS REPORTED BY JERRY BOWLES FOR DIGINOMICA Driverless automobiles are an important step closer to becoming a reality on American roads.  The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed—by a vote of 54 to 0–the first significant federal legislation aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market. The measure, called the SELF-DRIVE Act, would require automakers to submit […]

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Driverless Cars Legislation Passes with Few Concerns for Mass Labor Displacement

AS REPORTED BY SAM SACKS FOR THE DISTRICT SENTINEL A bill that would open US roadways to hundreds of thousands of automated vehicles over the next half decade passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Almost entirely absent from consideration were the hundreds of thousands of human drivers who stand to be replaced by the burgeoning […]

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U.S. House passes bill to speed development of self-driving cars

AS REPORTED BY SABRINA EATON FOR CLEVELAND.COM WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would speed development of self-driving cars by letting companies like Google, Uber and Honda deploy up to 100,000 of them each year without obtaining advance approval for their autonomous vehicle technologies. Bowling Green GOP Rep. Bob […]

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The House approved a bill to put more self-driving cars on U.S. roads — but the Senate will be another story

AS REPORTED BY TONY ROMM FOR RECODE The U.S. House approved a bill on Wednesday that could soon pave the way for Ford, Google, Uber and other companies to deploy hundreds of thousands of new self-driving cars on the country’s roads. But the measure isn’t yet law — it still has to survive the slow-moving Senate, […]

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Statement on SELF DRIVE Act

Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act: “The advancement and introduction of autonomous vehicles into our nation’s transportation system will have a profound impact on jobs and wages. This is particularly true in the commercial driving sector where […]

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Is The Airline Industry The Last Place Where Labor Has Something to Celebrate?

AS REPORTED BY TED REED IN FORBES Let’s just say upfront that this is not a good time for the labor movement. Membership has declined for decades; high visibility organizing campaigns in the South keep failing; few gains were made during the tenure of a moderately pro-union president and now an anti-union president, leading a virulently […]

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Tesla’s Self-Driving Semi Plan Hits Shifting Regulatory Landscape

As reported by Michaela Ross in Bloomberg Tesla Inc.’s reported plan to operate autonomous semitractor-trailers on U.S. public roads faces an evolving regulatory landscape. A U.S. Senate proposal for autonomous vehicles has stalled, largely due to controversy over its provision to create a national framework for self-driving commercial vehicles. Companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and […]

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Statement on Rear Adm. Mark Buzby’s Confirmation as Maritime Administrator

“We can and must do more to support measures that enhance this industry and its frontline workforce, including strengthening the Maritime Security Program, protecting cargo preference laws, and retaining skilled mariners. I look forward to working with Administrator Buzby to push these and other common-sense policies that will secure our nation’s port and maritime industries as engines for economic growth and job creation.”

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