Autonomous vehicles’ powerful foe: The Teamsters

In California, the union is again pushing to require human safety drivers in autonomous trucks.
In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Cruise AV, General Motor’s autonomous electric Bolt EV is displayed in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a large and politically potent union, is pushing back in California and other states on the deployment of autonomous vehicles, which it says pose a risk to safety and jobs.

The drivers and warehouse workers union, with 1.3 million members, is playing both offense and defense as it works to get laws passed that would require human drivers in AVs and battles industry-supported legislation to permit driverless vehicles.

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