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CALIFORNIA TEAMSTERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE REINTRODUCTION OF AV HUMAN OPERATOR BILL

Teamsters, California lawmakers, and labor allies gathered at the statehouse in Sacramento today to announce the reintroduction of legislation requiring a trained human operator behind the wheel of self-driving trucks weighing more than 10,000 lbs. Assembly Bill 2286 (AB 2286), formerly Assembly Bill 316 (AB 316), is part of the CARS package that the Teamsters are advocating for in Sacramento, alongside Senate Bill 915. Full video of the event can be found here. 

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New Leadership at Teamsters Joint Council 7

The Executive Board of Teamsters Joint Council 7 has unanimously named Peter Finn as President, effective February 1, 2024.

Jeff Berdion will remain as Vice President and has been appointed to the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Fund.

John Bouchard will now serve as Secretary-Treasurer and Don E. Garcia as Recording Secretary. Tony Delorio and Dale Wentz will continue to serve as Trustees.

“I’m honored by the opportunity and look forward to working in partnership with the leaders of the 18 local unions that make up Joint Council 7,” said Finn.

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Calif. Teamsters Demand Lawmakers Pass AV Local Control Bill SB 915

Legislation Introduced as Waymo Expands Fleet to Los Angeles, San Francisco Suburbs 

 

(LOS ANGELES) – Teamsters and labor allies gathered at Los Angeles City Hall today in support of Senate Bill 915, which would give municipalities a greater ability to protect their communities by requiring autonomous vehicle (AV) companies to secure local approvals prior to starting operations. SB 915 is part of the CARS package that the Teamsters are advocating for in Sacramento.

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Teamsters fight back against dangerous driverless vehicles on multiple fronts

After Newsom turns his back on workers and vetoes AB 316, Teamsters take protests to San Francisco, Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO – Teamsters, labor leaders, and public safety officials rallied on Oct. 24, 2023, outside the San Francisco headquarters of Cruise, an autonomous vehicle (AV) company operating so-called “robotaxis” in San Francisco, to demand more safety oversight of robotaxi operations just hours before Cruise pulled its entire fleet of driverless cars from public roads.

Speakers at the October rally,

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TEAMSTERS TO DMV: Too Little, Too Late

Step in the Right Direction Not a Substitute for Human Operators

(SAN FRANCISCO) – the following is a statement from Peter Finn, Teamsters Western Region International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 856, regarding the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles’ decision to suspend the autonomous vehicle company Cruise’s license to operate in the City of San Francisco. The announcement comes hours after the Teamsters and their allies held a rally to demand better regulation for driverless cars outside of the company’s headquarters.

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Teamsters and Allies Protest Unsafe Robotaxis at Cruise Headquarters 

Teamsters Stand Up for Safety, Call for an End to Driverless Car Havoc on San Francisco Streets 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif – The Teamsters, labor leaders, public safety officials, and concerned citizens held a rally today outside of Cruise’s headquarters in San Francisco to highlight ongoing safety concerns with Cruise robotaxis. The rally occurred as Cruise’s parent company, General Motors, released its Q3 2023 earnings report, revealing that Cruise has cost the company $1.9 billion so far this year.

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Teamsters to Newsom: Start Working for Working People, Not Wall Street

Back-to-Back Anti-Labor Vetoes by California Governor Hurt Workers, Unions

SACRAMENTO – The Teamsters condemn the latest actions by California Gov. Gavin Newsom after he vetoed Senate Bill 799 over the weekend of Sept. 30. The legislation would have extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to union members who are on strike or being locked out by their employer.

The Governor’s Saturday veto represents the second pro-worker bill he has rejected in the past 15 days,

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