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Amazon Bid to Delay Union Vote Rejected

An employee at an Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J. An employee uses a pallet jack to transport plastic crates at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J. (Bess Adler/Bloomberg News)

The National Labor Relations Board has rejected Amazon .com Inc.’s request to delay a unionization vote at the company’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse, clearing the way for the closely watched election to begin next week

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2021
Government, Business

Arizona DOT’s I-15 Bridge Replacement Project Aims to Help Commerce Flow

Arizona 1-15 bridge I-15 Bridge No. 1. (Arizona Department of Transportation)

In an effort to facilitate the flow of commerce, the Arizona Department of Transportation is starting work to replace a bridge that carries Interstate 15.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2021
Government, Business

Employers Add Just 49,000 Jobs as Unemployment Falls to 6.3%

Construction workers Construction workers talk at a site in Simi Valley, Calif., this month. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added just 49,000 jobs in January, a sign that the viral pandemic retains a tight grip on the economy nearly a year after it triggered a painful recession.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 5, 2021
Government, Business

Trade Deficit Rises to $679 Billion, the Highest Since 2008

Cargo ship unloads Cargo cranes are used to take containers off of a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation boat at the Port of Tacoma in Washington in 2019. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit rose 17.7% last year to $679 billion, highest since 2008, as the coronavirus disrupted global commerce and confounded President Donald Trump’s attempts to rebalance America’s trade with the rest of the world.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 5, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Automakers Push for Congressional Movement on AV Rules

An autonomous Peterbilt 579 test vehicle maneuvers a road. (Business Wire via AP) An autonomous Peterbilt 579 test vehicle navigates a road. (Business Wire via AP)

A group of nearly four-dozen automakers, industry advocacy groups and corporations sent a letter to Congressional leaders Feb. 3 urging action on legislation that would allow for greater deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Riley Beggin | The Detroit News
February 4, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Trump Administration Independent Contractor Actions Face Uncertainty

Independent contractor welcomia/Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Labor is backing off a pair of actions issued in the waning days of the Trump administration that were widely perceived to be favorable to motor carriers’ use of independent contractors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 4, 2021
Government, Business

US Unemployment Claims Fall to 779,000; Job Cuts Grind On

A worker cleans along the Las Vegas Strip in March 2020. (John Locher/Associated Press) A worker cleans along the Las Vegas Strip in March 2020. (John Locher/Associated Press)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined to 779,000 in the week ended Jan. 30, a still historically high total that shows that a sizable number of people keep losing jobs to the pandemic.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 4, 2021
Government, Business

California Court Rejects Suit Challenging Independent Contractor Exemption

Dozens of AB 5 supporters rally at California's Capitol in Sacramento in August 2019. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press) Dozens of AB 5 supporters rally at California's Capitol in Sacramento in August 2019. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

The California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Feb. 3 that sought to overturn a ballot measure that makes app-based ride-hailing and delivery drivers independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections.

Brian Melley | Associated Press
February 4, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Google Seeks OK to Test Drones for Firefighting

Drone carrying a FedEx package Google is asking the FAA for permission to test its Wing drone, shown here carrying a FedEx package, in a firefighting capacity. (Business Wire)

Google asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test drones to research how the technology can help monitor and control fires.

Nico Grant | Bloomberg News
February 3, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

California Leads in Electric Vehicle Policies, Practices, Energy Nonprofit Says

California EV Connect charging stations at a Love's Travel Stop in California. (PRNewsfoto via EV Connect)

California is by far the national leader in enabling the use of electric cars and medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks, according to a state-by-state evaluation of electric vehicle policies and practices compiled by a leading nonprofit energy efficiency group.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 3, 2021

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