UAW-represented workers near strike deadline
United Auto Workers-represented workers at Mack Trucks could strike as soon as Monday. The current agreement, signed after a two-week strike in 2019, expires Sunday night.
Most attention is focused on an expanding strike against the Detroit Three automakers — General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. The situation involving 3,900 union members at Volvo Group North America facilities in three states has attracted little attention.
Government shutdown would largely spare trucking regulators
A government shutdown this weekend largely would not affect federal trucking regulators. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other transportation agencies would continue operations because a possible funding gap wouldn’t immediately disrupt those agencies, according to an August Department of Transportation report.
The shutdown could threaten the broader transportation ecosystem however — certain federal workers such as air traffic controllers and train inspectors would not get paid, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during a Wednesday news conference. Congress needs to meet an Oct. 1 deadline to keep the government funded.
Airbus to equip Ro-Ro vessel with wind-power technology
Airbus will equip one of the ro-ro vessels it uses to transport aircraft sub-assemblies with a wind-assisted propulsion technology that captures wind energy to generate thrust and, therefore, delivers savings in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The 22-metre (72-feet) high eSAIL, developed by the Barcelona-based firm bound4blue, will be installed on the ro-ro ship Ville de Bordeaux, chartered from shipowner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.