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Statement on Proposed Rule Setting Train Crew Size Minimums

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum size for train crews: “We have long argued that trains operated by one person are unsafe and should be barred by our government. Yesterday the […]

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Transportation Unions’ Agenda Focuses on Job Creation, Safety and Appropriations

2016 Presidential Election Preparations Advance San Diego, CA — Transportation unions took aim at critical transportation appropriations battles pending in Washington and continued preparations to show their members and the public the stark choices voters will face in the presidential election. “We are committed to countering the dangerous austerity agenda in certain corners of Congress […]

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Congress Should Endorse Amtrak Funding Request

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement in response to Amtrak’s 2017 General and Legislative Annual Report: “Amtrak has submitted a funding request for FY2017 that gives our national passenger railroad and its employees a chance to deliver faster and more reliable train service. Amtrak faces a […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Teachings Still Inspire Us to Pursue a More Just Economy

WASHINGTON, DC—Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “As the nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded of his commitment to improving the lives of all working people. In his pursuit of justice, King […]

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Support for FY16 Omnibus Funding Bill

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issues this statement on the 2016 Fiscal Year Omnibus Funding Bill and tax extenders: “We are pleased that the FY16 Omnibus package reverses many of the damaging transportation funding cuts proposed earlier in the year, and includes a number of policy improvements supported […]

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FAA Drone Registration Requirement an Important First Step

Washington, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issues this statement in response to the announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it will require the registration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones: “We are pleased the FAA has taken an important first step in improving […]

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Transportation Labor Urges Support for Bipartisan Surface Transportation Bill

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to a House-Senate deal on a long overdue surface transportation reauthorization bill: “The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is a bipartisan, long-term funding bill for our nation’s transit systems, highways, bridges and passenger rail networks that […]

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Support for Bipartisan House Surface Transportation Bill

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on House passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRRA): “Bipartisanship claimed victory today on the floor of the House as lawmakers rejected partisan business as usual in favor of passing a long-term highway-transit reauthorization […]

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Administration Takes Critical First Step in Establishing Labor Standards for Transportation P3s

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement regarding best practices for labor standards for public-private partnerships issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): “We are pleased that the Administration has unveiled a more responsible approach to public-private partnerships, or P3s, by taking into consideration their effect on workers. For […]

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TTD Commends U.S. Senate for Confirming Sarah Feinberg as FRA Administrator

Washington, D.C. – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issues this statement in response to the United States Senate’s confirmation of Sarah Feinberg as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration: “I congratulate Sarah Feinberg on her confirmation by the Senate as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Feinberg brings to this […]

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