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.

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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.

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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 CO 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.

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