On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to DOT’s request for comments on the scope of its survey concerning the impact of automated vehicle technologies on the workforce. TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including thousands of employees who may be impacted by vehicle automation. For this reason, we have a vested interest in this study.
As DOT notes, the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act requires DOT and DOL to conduct a study of the impact of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) technologies on drivers and operators of commercial motor vehicles, including the labor and workforce impacts. TTD and its impacted unions fought hard to secure this report within legislation that otherwise provides hundreds of millions of dollars to further the development, testing, and deployment of autonomous vehicles. As we have written in a number of other DOT dockets, it is our position that if the federal government provides support for this technology it has an inherent obligation to support the millions of workers whose jobs may be put at risk. While only a first step, we are hopeful that this research provides a more complete picture to DOT, DOL and Congress on how automated vehicles could affect the professional drivers, maintenance workers and other employees in the affected industries nationwide.
On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to FMCSA’s request for comments on the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) petition for federal preemption of California’s Meal and Rest Break rules. TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those covered by FMCSA’s HOS regulations and California’s rules. For reasons discussed below, we urge FMCSA to reject ATA’s petition.
On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on FMCSA’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning hours of service (HOS) regulations for drivers. TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those covered by FMCSA’s HOS regulations. For reasons discussed below, we urge FMCSA to maintain current HOS protections, and to reject efforts to eliminate the 30-minute rest break requirement or to weaken HOS protections for passenger carrying CMV drivers.
On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote YES on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302). This bipartisan 5-year reauthorization makes critical investments in the FAA and the National Airspace System (NAS), and provides the long-term and predictable funding that the system needs. We are also pleased that the bill includes several labor priorities that will advance safety and improve working conditions for aviation workers.
On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am writing today to express our support for the petition for rulemaking filed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which requests that DOT establish operational standards for cabin temperatures on commercial airplanes, both on domestic flights and international flights into the United States and its territories.
Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor S.3215, the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act. This common-sense legislation will help address the growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit bus drivers, enhance pedestrian safety and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station. TTD and […]
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