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July 17, 1944
Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny. Union Communication Services

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Mar. 20, 2018 | DRIVERLESS TECHNOLOGY | The largest union for U.S. truck drivers, which has taken a cautious view of autonomous vehicles, called for stronger safeguards after a self-driving SUV operated by Uber Technologies Inc. killed a pedestrian in Phoenix on Sunday. In a statement, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said it was "deeply concerned" with how self-driving vehicles are being tested on public roads and highways…The Teamsters union has urged lawmakers to slow legislation that would preempt state laws and allow companies to deploy self-driving cars without steering wheels, foot pedals or other features in greater numbers than possible now. The group convinced lawmakers to limit the bills’ reach to passenger cars and light trucks and not bigger, commercial trucks driven by many Teamster members… Transport Topics  Read the IBT statement here.
 
 
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