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Transportation Labor Proudly Carries Dr. King’s Legacy Forward

By Larry I. Willis

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for a more just and fair society was driven by a belief that America can and should be a place where all people prosper together. By focusing on what unites us, rather than what divides us, Dr. King showed us there is strength in unity, and taught us the […]

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During a Government Shutdown, Federal Workers Have It Bad. So Does our Transportation System.

By Larry I. Willis

Nineteen days. That’s how long 420,000 federal workers have been asked to report for duty without knowing when they will be paid. It’s how long another 380,000 workers have been told not to come to work at all, and face uncertainty about when they will work again. And it’s how long thousands more who work […]

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Balancing the Budget on the Backs of Working Families? Not on Our Watch.

By Larry I. Willis

We’re calling on Congress to ignore the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which suggests reducing our budget deficit by making massive cuts to federal transportation and infrastructure investments.

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Amtrak’s Dedicated Workforce Deserves Better

By Larry I. Willis

Amtrak may claim its decisions are based on numbers, but it sure looks like this carrier is trying to undermine unions and outsource good jobs to low-wage workers. Frankly, Amtrak’s workforce deserves better.

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Infrastructure Matters. It’s time to get serious about funding it.

By Larry I. Willis

Raising funds for infrastructure falls under the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee. They’ve put together subcommittees to focus on many of our major national needs: health care, social security, tax policy, trade, and so on. But when it comes to infrastructure, that hasn’t been the case.

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Freight Rail Safety, Jobs Must Not be Jeopardized in Pursuit of Profits

By Larry I. Willis

There is little disagreement among lawmakers, frontline workers, government agencies, and even rail carriers themselves that freight rail in this country must be held to the highest safety standards and oversight rules. Yet, as we speak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is allowing foreign crews, originating in Mexico, to operate in the U.S. without assurances […]

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Labor Day Reminds Us That America Needs Unions

By Larry I. Willis

Labor Day 2018 marks a pivotal moment for working people in this country. Sustained, coordinated attacks on the rights of working families to have a union voice have led to one of the greatest wealth gaps in our nation’s history. Stagnating wages for workers means that while tens of millions of Americans are forced to […]

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The Hill — Americans need passenger rail that serves entire nation — not just the East and West coasts

By Larry I. Willis

While right-wing think tanks and anti-government ideologues have always criticized Amtrak’s long-distance routes, questions are now being raised about whether or not Amtrak itself supports a national system.

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The Hill — Infrastructure Built the Middle Class. It’s #TimeToBuild Again

By Larry I. Willis

In 1897, when public transit was practically unheard of, America’s first subway system opened, setting the stage for public transportation throughout the country and across the world. At the time of its construction in 1913, Grand Central Terminal was the largest construction project in New York City’s history, and one of the first all-electric buildings […]

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‘Ship American’ Laws Must be Reinforced to Support Good Jobs and Promote National Security

By Larry I. Willis

In our highly politicized world, it has become a rarity for Members of Congress to agree on anything. So when a large group of bipartisan lawmakers comes together to take a stand on a single issue, it’s probably a good idea to listen. One of these rare moments happened earlier this week when 66 lawmakers, led […]

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