1 big thing: Bus drivers vs. robots

Unionized bus drivers have negotiated an unprecedented labor deal with a local transit agency that gives them veto power over autonomous vehicles (AVs), Joann reports.

Why it matters: It’s one way labor unions hope to protect drivers’ jobs, even amid driver shortages — and part of a broader backlash against self-driving vehicles.

Driving the news: The Transport Workers Union’s new collective bargaining agreement with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) includes first-of-its-kind language requiring the union’s consent to implement any form of autonomous transportation.

If such technology is deployed, a qualified union operator must be aboard.
The contract also says bus operators and mechanics cannot be laid off or have their wages reduced because of new or modified technology.

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