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TTD Supports DeLauro Bill to Make Railroads Safer

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement in support of the Rail Safety Enforcement Act, which seeks to improve safety in our nation’s freight and passenger rail industry: “Today, Rep. Rosa DeLauro continued her commitment to improving rail transportation safety by advancing legislation that seeks to reduce […]

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Statement on U.S. DOT Rejection of NAUK Exemption Application

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rejection of Norwegian Air UK’s (NAUK) foreign air carrier permit exemption application: “We are pleased the U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected the application of Norwegian Air UK (NAUK) for a foreign air carrier […]

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Global Trade Magazine on TTD’s Support of #2CrewTrains

Labor Supports, Industry Opposes U.S. Rulemaking on Freight Train Crew Size   Union Insists Rules Promote Safety, AAR Says They Would Stifle Innovation As published by Peter Buxbaum in Global Trade Magazine The Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, (TTD) has responded positively to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum […]

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Boeing’s Shameful Attacks on its South Carolina Employees’ Rights Will Not Go Unchallenged

Washington, DC – Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issue this statement in response to Boeing’s latest tactics aimed at squashing attempts by its employees in South Carolina to select the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers as their collective bargaining representative.  “Boeing’s sinister […]

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Our Government Must Close the Door on One-Person Freight Train Crew Operations

Washington, D.C. — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following the submission of comments responding to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum size for train crews  “Today we provided a clear and compelling case for vigorous federal regulations barring the use of one-person […]

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Journal of Commerce on TTD’s Defense of the Jones Act

Bill exempting Puerto Rico from Jones Act ignites old battles As published by Joseph Bonney in Journal of Commerce Shipyard, maritime and labor interests have criticized an Alabama congressman’s proposal to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act’s requirements for U.S.flag shipping between the island and the U.S. mainland. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., called for the exemption in […]

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Lawmakers Must Reject Legislative Assaults on the Jones Act

Washington, D.C. — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement on the proposed amendment to exempt the Jones Act as part of H.R.5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stabilization Act (PROMESA). “Exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act is an old, tired idea that should be […]

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Global Trade Magazine Reports on TTD’s Support of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016

Water Resources Bill Moving Along in U.S. Congress Bill to be Considered by House and Senate this Month As published by Peter Buxbaum in Global Trade Magazine The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. Congress approved a bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 toward the end of May, marking the successful jump […]

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Pass Water Resources Development Act to Keep Ports Competitive

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, (TTD), issues the following statement regarding the markup of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016: “We are pleased that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is taking long-overdue steps to accelerate much needed investments in our nation’s seaports. With […]

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Seapower Magazine Reports on National Maritime Day

U.S. Merchant Marine Industry Strong, But Needs Improvements As published by John Marcario in Seapower Magazine Improving, and strengthening, the Jones Act, along with being more unified, were the theme echoed by mariners and officials during the U.S. Department of Transportation’s annual National Maritime Day observance ceremony. “The nations merchant mariners have always answered the […]

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