Hoffa on self driving trucks

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by cheryl, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    I'm just going to drop this here and see if anyone has anything to say about it. The self driving technology is already out there, so there's that...

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    “It’s not going to happen” won’t protect Jim Hoffa’s drivers from losing their jobs to self-driving vehicles and pretending Jerry Brown’s “temporary” tax hikes returned California to fiscal solvency is as delusional as the most vehement climate change or Holocaust denier trying to spin their way past empirical facts.
  2. Dr.Brownz

    Dr.Brownz Well-Known Member

    One guy crashes. UPS fires that guy, the rest of the trucks roll on

    One of UPS's automatons crashes, suddenly the entire systems safety is called into question, no packages move for days, weeks, months.....????? $$$$$
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  3. Junkguy

    Junkguy Member

    I agree. The railroad has had the ability to get rid of engineers for years but they're afraid to do it.
  4. rod

    rod retired and happy

    You HAVE to have a human to blame when something goes wrong. Inanimate objects don't make good scape-goats.
  5. PASinterference

    PASinterference Yes, I know I'm working late.

    True, but you know ups wants to try it soooooo bad.
  6. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    Yeah right. Till UPS says we need autonomous vehicles. Then Hoffa will roll over and concede to what ever UPS asks. Been there way too many times
  7. LeadBelly

    LeadBelly Banned

    What do you think? Do you think h is gonna join your site and give you his take?
  8. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Teamster’s Chief Says Self-Driving Vehicles “Not Going to Happen” - KABC

    Forget all that talk about self-driving vehicles eventually wiping out four million professional driver jobs. Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., General President of the Teamsters, says it’s a lot of hype.

    “You really want a giant 14-wheeler remotely? C’mon. It’s not going to happen. I think there’s a lot of hoopla about that. I see it on TV all the time. The media loves to talk about it. I don’t see it happening. I don’t intend to have someone else drive my car.”
  9. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Surprise surprise an old man with his head in the sand.
  10. rod

    rod retired and happy

    When the day comes when the feeders are loaded by robots and are driven on auto pilot and the trucks are loaded by robots into self driving package cars you DON"T want to be the first human in the chain of command in charge of all this BS. You will be blamed for everything. The days of blaming the drivers for not making the numbers will be over.
  11. wide load

    wide load 4 10’s without OT is a concession.

    Whaaaaa! "I don't have a dog in this fight", my ass!
  12. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    I heard the interview while listening to a morning talkradio show. I had never heard Hoffa speak before. He seemed articulate, until the guy interviewing him asked him about self driving vehicles. To say it's never going to happen is ridiculous. That technology is here and doesn't necessarily replace a human job.

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  13. tonyexpress

    tonyexpress Whac-A-Troll Patrol Staff Member

  14. LeadBelly

    LeadBelly Banned

    When she made that statement and then contradicts it it kind of makes you wonder.
  15. LeadBelly

    LeadBelly Banned

    Like you're an expert. You hold no union affiliation. Just because you are from California or live in the most unionized state doesn't make you union by default.
  16. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    What you guys don't understand is self driving vehicles are already much safer then the alternative. Ups will have insurance just as they do now.

    It'd hilarious how many people don't understand that right now there are self driving vehicles that in general and on average are safer than a person behind the wheel
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  17. dudebro

    dudebro Active Member

    H is in a political position, and so he said what he believes his constituents want to hear. That's all. It doesn't have anything to do with whether there will really be a transformation of the industry or not.
  18. sandwich

    sandwich Active Member

    So put your kids in one and send them off to school
  19. BigUnionGuy

    BigUnionGuy Got the T-Shirt



    Lets do this.... with 80,000 lbs trucks.
  20. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    I would have no problem. Statistically they are Safer than cars driven by humans. I don't understand people's irrational fear of the self driving car

    How many self driving miles did all Tesla log before a fatality? The ratio is safer than cars driven by a human.

    Google's Self-Driving Cars Are Ridiculously Safe