Teamster drivers are at the forefront of the fight as autonomous vehicles (AV) and driverless semi-trucks weighing tens of thousands of pounds are rolled out across the state. AVs on public roads with little regulation and without a human operator are a fatal threat to the lives and livelihoods of Californians.
The Teamsters are demanding that California Gov. Gavin Newsom sign AB316 – legislation that would require a human operator in all vehicles over 10,000 lbs. The bill has passed both houses of the state legislature with more than 90 percent of elected officials in support of it.
“During the pandemic, Gov. Newsom thanked Teamster truck drivers for risking their lives to keep the economy afloat. But he actually needs to prove that he cares about workers by signing AB 316. If Gov. Newsom vetoes this bill, he is putting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of truck drivers at risk, while jeopardizing public safety,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “The Teamsters rightfully stand against such dangerous technology. We will fight to make sure AB 316 becomes law.”
It’s now on Gov. Newsom to do the right thing and side with working families and first responders over Silicon Valley fat cats. Join Teamsters and California trade unionists as we caravan from Los Angeles to Sacramento to demand that Gov. Newsom sign AB 316, to protect good union jobs and keep our streets safe.
On Monday, September 18, at 10:00AM in Arcadia, Teamsters will be launching a caravan of trucks to the state capitol. If you live in Southern California and you want to attend, rsvp here.
On Tuesday, September 19, at 12:00PM at the State Capitol in Sacramento, the caravan will arrive. Join thousands of Teamsters, union members, and General President Sean M. O’Brien by rsvp-ing here.