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Secretary Clinton Gives Us a Chance to Get Big Things Accomplished

By Ed Wytkind

One candidate running for President (hint: the one who makes his own line of clothes in China) seems to thrive only when he’s attacking people who challenge or disagree with him. That approach ignores a simple fact: when we’re working together, the nation’s problems actually get fixed. One of those problems that shouldn’t be associated […]

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Americans Will Witness History, Working People Will Witness the Contrast to Last Week’s Debacle

By Ed Wytkind

At tonight’s opening of the Democratic convention, working people will see that “stronger together” isn’t just a campaign slogan. It’s what Secretary Hillary Clinton actually believes. Don’t take my word for it, though — read her just-released platform. Secretary Clinton’s message? Working people matter. She has called for the expansion of collective bargaining in this […]

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Meet the Governor Pence You Won’t Meet Tonight Under the Cleveland Lights

By Ed Wytkind

Donald Trump says he’ll make America great by being tough on trade, building things and creating jobs. Sure, it sounds good, but Trump is forgetting one thing: actions really do speak louder than words. Not only has Trump failed to share any semblance of a plan for how he’ll do the things he so arrogantly […]

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Trump’s GOP Platform Won’t Make America Work

By Ed Wytkind

After a quick review of what the GOP platform has in store for our nation’s transportation system and working people, one thing is clear: tonight’s theme at Donald Trump’s coronation — “Make America Work” — needs a tweak. We have a few suggestions, like “Make America Lose as Many Jobs as Possible.” Or “Make America’s […]

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Time for our Government to Put to Rest One-Person Freight Train Crews

By Ed Wytkind

Other than the lobby for the behemoth, multi-billion dollar railroad companies, almost no one believes we should permit up to 20,000-ton freight trains, many filled with things that blow up, to travel across America with a single crew member at the controls. The American people hate this idea. Across the country, in small towns and […]

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You Can’t Just Hope for Safety on the Job

By Ed Wytkind

Every year, tens of thousands of working people are hurt or killed on the job, and many of them are employed in transportation industries. For America’s transportation workforce, the last 365 days have been especially trying. The El Faro tragedy, the terrorist attack in Brussels and Amtrak’s most recent crash that killed two workers near […]

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If You Assault an Airline Employee There must be Consequences

By Ed Wytkind

Yes, too often air travelers face long lines, crowded terminals, delayed and cancelled flights, and lost baggage. They get frustrated and perhaps angry. But when those feelings result in a rising occurrence of punching, kicking or spitting on passenger service employees, something is seriously wrong. And now we are taking aim at this disturbing trend. […]

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Keeping the Maritime Security Program Funded Should be a No Brainer

By Ed Wytkind

These days, there’s nothing shocking about partisan hostility hindering Congress. It’s practically become the new norm. But when lawmakers are able to set aside their differences and work together, great things can happen. The Maritime Security Program (MSP) is a perfect example of this. For more than 20 years, the MSP has seen strong support […]

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We Can’t, and Won’t, Turn Our Back on Them Now

By Ed Wytkind

When terrorists forever changed America’s landscape that fateful day, September 11, 2001, fire fighters, police officers, EMTs, dog handlers and many more didn’t hesitate to answer the call. Thousands risked their lives — and in some cases, gave the ultimate sacrifice — on that day and continued to work tirelessly in the weeks and months […]

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Moving Forward: Lifting More Americans Into the Middle Class by Modernizing our Transportation System

By Ed Wytkind

Note: We’re kicking off this series, which explores the connection between a strong middle class and robust transportation system, during the week of Labor Day — a holiday that celebrates the American worker. While the economy has seen steady improvement — job numbers are up — the slow recovery has disproportionately favored the wealthy and […]

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