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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. 

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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Boycott Smart & Final Stores in Support of Striking Workers

Members of Teamsters Local 630 at two Grupo Comercial Chedraui-owned Smart & Final grocery store warehouses in Southern California were forced to strike in protest of unfair labor practices and to demand the $13 billion Mexican company that owns Smart & Final stores negotiate a first contract in good faith.
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