ARIZONA TEAMSTERS TO CRUISE: STAY OFF OUR STREETS

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PHOENIX, April 17, 2024 ~ Teamsters Local 104, a union representing thousands of professional drivers in Arizona, has expressed concerns over Cruise's announcement to begin testing its autonomous vehicle fleet in Phoenix this week. According to Karla Schumann, the Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 104, Cruise has a troubling record of dangerous incidents involving its autonomous vehicles and should not be allowed to test on Arizona roads.

Schumann stated that both their members and the general public do not feel safe operating next to Cruise vehicles due to the company's history of safety incidents. She highlighted that Cruise recently suspended operations nationwide after multiple incidents, including collisions with fire trucks and waste trucks, nearly hitting children on two separate occasions, causing a traffic jam outside a music festival, and triggering a 20-car pileup in a tunnel.

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The union is urging elected officials and regulators to require Cruise to release its complete safety data before resuming operations. Schumann emphasized that the public has the right to transparency and safety information from a company that plans to use public roads as its testing ground for autonomous technology.

Teamsters Local 104 is determined to fight against Cruise's full resumption of autonomous vehicle operation in Arizona. They do not want the same path of destruction seen in California to happen in their state. The union represents workers throughout Arizona and can be reached for more information at teamsterslocal104.com or followed on Facebook at facebook.com/ibtlu104.

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