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HOS Restart Rule Reverts to Pre-July 2013 Status; Questions and Answers

Transport Topics December 17, 2014 View the original piece Questions and answers on the impact of the suspension of the HOS restart provision approved by Congress (as supplied by American Trucking Associations):  On Dec. 13, Congress passed the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill, providing funding for the vast majority of the federal government, including the Department of Transportation, for the current fiscal year. The President signed the bill into law Dec. 16. Officially titled the Consolidated...

Self-Driving Trucks Could Revolutionize Package Delivery, DHL Predicts

Richard Weiss Bloomberg News December 16, 2014 View the original piece While Google Inc. plans to someday unleash driverless cars on public streets, the logistics industry will probably be one of the first training grounds for such automated vehicles. Shipping companies will probably adopt the technology faster than other industries as moving cargo in non-public areas like storage facilities and warehouses offers a way to test such devices with less risk to human life, according...

Rep. Petri Supports Bill That Would Raise Fuel Taxes

Michele Fuetsch Transport Topics December 03, 2014 View the original piece Tom Petri (R-Wis.), the outgoing chairman of the subcommittee on highways, said he will become a co-sponsor of a bill that would increase federal fuel taxes to support the nation’s transportation system. The measure would gradually raise the 18.4-cent gasoline tax to 33.3 cents a gallon starting in 2016 and the 24.4-cent diesel tax to 39.3 cents. The levies would be kept in place...

FedEx Freight Workers Vote for Teamsters at N.C. Terminal; Union Calls Off N.J. Election

Michael G. Malloy Transport Topics November 20, 2014 View the original piece Workers at a FedEx Freight terminal in Charlotte, North Carolina, voted to be represented by the Teamsters union, while Teamsters withdrew a petition for an election at FedEx Freight’s terminal in South Newark, New Jersey. “The union would only take this step if it anticipated losing the election,” FedEx Freight said of the New Jersey vote withdrawal. FedEx Freight said it may appeal...

Charlotte FedEx Freight Votes Teamster

November 20, 2014: The 222 city and road drivers at the big Charlotte terminal voted Yes for the Teamsters Union in an NLRB election. It’s the largest union win at FedEx Freight to date, and brings the number of Teamster-represented FedEx Freight workers to about 400. Congratulations to the FedEx Freight brothers and sisters, and to Local 71. The IBT press release on the vote is here.    
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