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Investing in Infrastructure to Put America to Work

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

It’s no secret that we’re underinvesting in our transportation infrastructure. It’s been years since Congress passed a long-term surface transportation funding bill, our aviation system relies on outdated technology, and the last rail funding authorization expired more than a year ago. Across all modes of transportation and across the entire nation, we’ve underinvested to such […]

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Boehner-Cantor-McCarthy Plan Just Another Messaging Bill

By Ed Wytkind

How bad is the proposal by House Republican leaders to fix the Highway Trust Fund’s shortfall by eliminating Saturday mail service?  Consider this: 26 unions representing hundreds of thousands of transportation workers today announced their vociferous opposition to the plan. To be sure these unions believe that stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund is a major […]

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Honoring Those Who Defend Our Nation

By Ed Wytkind

As Americans prepare to honor our veterans on November 12th for all they do to defend our nation, we must pledge to do more to help our military find good jobs upon returning home. Far too often these heroes, who have chosen to risk their own lives to secure our freedom, come back to the […]

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With the Election Near, Transit’s Future is on the Line

By Ed Wytkind

Photo courtesy of the ATU There are 42 days left until the presidential election between a challenger who wants to slash federal transit funding by 46 percent and a president who, after just 28 days in office, invested $8.4 billion in transit as part of his economic recovery plan. Make no mistake, there are huge […]

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Before Mr. 1% Becomes Mr. Fixit, A Few Questions

By Ed Wytkind

The Romney flavor of the day is that the governor will fix Washington from the inside.  Bravo!  I think he’s on to something. But before you roll up your sleeves Mitt, I have a few questions. Gov. Romney, will you work to oust obstructionists in the Senate who have killed President Obama’s American Jobs Act, […]

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The Research on Romney/Ryan: It Isn’t Pretty

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Did you know that Mitt Romney was a director of an airline that ran an illegal anti-union campaign against pilots while leading Bain Capital? Or that Paul Ryan championed and voted for a federal budget that slashes transportation funding 46 percent and destroys 500,000 jobs a year? Check out our new presentation to see what, […]

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Warning: Steep Transportation Cuts Ahead

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

As Congress rushes to finish its official business for September and depart for another session of politicking, there’s something ugly lurking around the corner — sequestration. You remember that ill-advised contingency plan that was supposed to scare the ‘Super Committee’ into identifying $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions? Thanks to the Republican obstructionist agenda, a standoff […]

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The Blueprint to Building a Lasting Economy

By Ed Wytkind

Tonight Americans will hear about moving forward with an economy that is “built to last” at the Democratic National Convention.  No doubt anyone watching will hear plenty about how the President has focused his energy on expanding the middle class – from saving the auto industry to ensuring America has the world’s finest transportation system […]

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10 Things You Should Know About President Obama's Transportation Accomplishments

The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues “10 Things You Should Know” as the Democratic National Convention kicks off today with a platform of how to Move America Forward. There is no sharper contrast in this presidential election than in the value the President and his challenger, Gov. Mitt Romney, place on transportation and infrastructure […]

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Why Does Paul Ryan Want to Auction Off Our Airlines to Foreign Interests?

By Ed Wytkind

Airline employees, remember this close call just six years ago? The date was May 18, 2006.  The House of Representatives was having a debate about a bizarre Bush Administration proposal to let U.S. airlines be controlled by China and other foreign interests. The Department of Transportation under Bush proposed a change in federal aviation policy […]

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