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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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Unions Urge Slow-Down as Self-Driving Car Laws Pick Up Speed

As reported by Ryan Beene and Josh Eidelson in Bloomberg Labor unions are urging a slowdown as lawmakers fast track legislation to allow self-driving vehicles on the road, a potential boon to some union jobs and an existential threat to others. The House Energy & Commerce committee Thursday advanced legislation on a 54-0 vote that […]

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Larry I. Willis, Greg Regan Elected New Leaders of TTD

Executive Committee Honors Departing Longtime President Edward Wytkind   Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis and Greg Regan were elected unanimously today as President and Secretary-Treasurer, respectively, of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), by the organization’s Executive Committee. Outgoing President Edward Wytkind, who gave his full support to Willis and Regan, stepped down after […]

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NAFTA Renegotiation Must Put U.S. Jobs, Safety First

Aviation, Maritime Exclusions Must Remain  Washington, DC — In comments filed yesterday, transportation labor laid out a vision for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that puts America’s working families first by growing the U.S. economy, protecting American jobs and prioritizing the safety of our cross-border transportation system. In addition to the comprehensive […]

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Statement on Congressional Progressive Caucus Infrastructure Plan

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement in response to a 21st Century New Deal for Jobs, the infrastructure plan proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus:

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