Long Beach port adopts green technology that prioritizes jobs

The Long Beach Container Terminal recently bought 60 electric yard tractors to haul shipping containers to nearby trains. The new equipment must still be operated by a human, giving unions there some hope that the ‘modernization program’ will continue to show the value of prioritizing jobs.

As more sectors adopt green technology and the use of more automation, employees and unions remain concerned that push will result in lost jobs. But a California port terminal is embracing the move while keeping the payroll flowing.

The Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) recently bought 60 electric yard tractors to haul shipping containers to nearby trains. The money comes from a $30 million grant provided by the White House in order to make the terminal the world’s first zero-emissions facility.

The new equipment must still be operated by a human, giving unions there some windfall that the LBCT ‘modernization program’ will continue to show the value of prioritizing jobs as more companies adopt novel green technology.

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