Transportation

Federal Court Denies Uber Drivers Class-Action Suit
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Federal Court Denies Uber Drivers Class-Action Suit

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 25 that Uber drivers in California cannot file a class-action suit to be treated as employees instead of independent contractors. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that they had to file their complaints against the company through individual…

Ohio Bus Drivers Call Driver-less Vehicles Unsafe
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Ohio Bus Drivers Call Driver-less Vehicles Unsafe

COLUMBUS, Ohio—As the city of Columbus announced plans to begin operating self-driving shuttle vehicles in a park along the Scioto River, the city bus drivers’ union announced a statewide “People Before Robots” campaign against them, calling them dangerous and a threat to jobs. “It makes no sense at any level,” Transport Workers Union President John…

Transportation Unions Support FAA Re authorization
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Transportation Unions Support FAA Re authorization

WASHINGTON, DC – Congress has agreed to a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that will fund the agency and provide new safety regulations for the aviation industry. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi stated, “Our nation must have an FAA that is authorized for the long term as part of…

NYC Streetcar Project Moves Forward
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NYC Streetcar Project Moves Forward

NEW YORK, NY — New York City is moving forward with the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) streetcar following the completion of a two-year feasibility study. Despite two decades of rapid growth in population and jobs on the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront, public transit has not kept pace. At full implementation, the NYC streetcar project  will increase public…

Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers
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Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 12 that it will give an $875,000 grant to help workers laid off from the General Motors plant in Lordstown and three nearby auto-parts suppliers find new jobs. The funding will provide training, job-hunting assistance, and other support services, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services…

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