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Review: The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream

Labor Notes – Truck drivers seem to have re-entered the public consciousness in 2017—but today our understanding of the occupation is far from the freewheeling “cowboy of the highway” image of the 1970s. It’s also no longer synonymous with “Teamster” or …

Teamsters organize truckers to move supplies in Puerto Rico

Money CNN – Major U.S. labor unions are organizing truck drivers to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico as the island continues to grapple with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria last week. The Teamsters union and the AFL-CIO, a …

PMSA Criticizes LA/LB Clean Air Action Plan

American Journal of Transportation – The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) criticized a new proposed “Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP)” by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach stating it proposes costly initiatives that will further erode the competitiveness …

IKEA requiring fair treatment for sub-distributors

Supply Chain Dive – Growing concern over transport driver welfare is another link in the chain of transparency. Supply chain abuses generally bring to mind underpaid factory workers in third world countries, but the reality is that they happen everywhere. One …

Freight tax for US infrastructure projects floated again

The federal gasoline tax has lost much of its effectiveness for funding freight transportation projects, and US Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., is suggesting again that a tax on surface freight transportation is needed if the country is to meet its …

Wilmington resident the first in 23 years to serve on harbor commission

Daily Breeze – Community advocate Lucia Moreno-Linares was confirmed Wednesday as the first Wilmington resident in nearly a quarter century to take a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. In a unanimous 13-0 vote, the Los Angeles City …

Demographics are changing truck driver management – Fleet panel highlights the need to adjust to a younger and more inexperienced driver pool made up of more women and ethnic minorities.

Fleet Owner – As the “traditional” make-up of the U.S. truck driver population is rapidly aging and heads for retirement, new efforts must be made to attract younger and “non-traditional” candidates to the job of piloting commercial vehicles for a living. …

Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session

The Sacramento Bee – From family leave and clean-air cars to job applicants and the construction industry, organized labor left its stamp on the just-completed California legislative session. Unions’ efforts sent to Gov. Jerry Brown measures that give their leaders access …

Port Truck Battle Drives Off Costco

Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation Inc. no longer counts Costco Wholesale Corp. as a customer as of late August. Alan Ta, chief operating officer of Pacific 9, declined to give specifics but confirmed that Costco is no longer a client. Costco …

Teamsters Chief Fears U.S. Self-Driving Trucks May Be Unsafe, Hit Jobs

New York Times – September 12, 2017: The head of the 1.4-million member International Brotherhood of Teamsters union is mounting an aggressive effort to convince Congress to reject new rules to speed the deployment of self-driving trucks, warning they could …