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Pilot Training Requirements Save Lives. Dismantling Them is Unacceptable.

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President Trump turned some heads last week when he claimed credit for zero commercial aviation fatalities in 2017, calling it a record safety year. Putting aside the fact that this safety record was based on global statistics – there hasn’t been a U.S. commercial aviation fatality in the last eight years – we hope the Administration will […]

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It’s Past Time to End the Double Standard in Aircraft Maintenance

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Think about the last time you or a family member flew on a commercial airplane. It may surprise you to learn there is a pretty good chance that the aircraft had maintenance work performed at a repair station located in a foreign country. Why does this matter? Even though foreign-based repair stations are certified by […]

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Hundreds of Bus Drivers are Assaulted Every Week in America. It is Time for the Federal Government to Take Action.

By Larry I. Willis

When Diane Rude accepted a position as a Minneapolis bus driver, she thought she was signing up for a good, middle-class job that would allow her to take care of her family and save for retirement. She never expected to have to fight for her life. But that’s what happened when a troubled passenger wrapped […]

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If You’re Surprised by America’s Wage Stagnation, You Aren’t Paying Attention

By Larry I. Willis

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the economy and how well it’s doing. The unemployment rate has steadily fallen for years now, and jobs are being created. But wages? Not so much. The latest jobs report shows that while the unemployment rate remains low, wages aren’t keeping up with inflation. Instead, they are […]

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TTD Stands in Solidarity with MEBA Members at Liberty Maritime

By Larry I. Willis

For hardworking members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.), the reflagging of a vessel to U.S. registry by the New York-based commercial shipping company, Liberty Maritime Corp/Liberty Global Logistics (Liberty), should be a happy occasion. It should mean good jobs and wages for members of America’s oldest maritime labor union. But thanks to a […]

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Infrastructure is Not Health Care

By Larry I. Willis

What do health care and infrastructure have in common? Most of us would say not much. Unfortunately, some House Republicans, including some of our friends, are insisting that if the repeal of Obamacare goes down today then “we can’t do infrastructure.” In the words of my teenage daughter — “wait, what?” Putting aside the problems […]

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TTD Stands with America’s Flight Attendants in the Fight for 10

By Larry I. Willis

Most Americans can combat that early morning tired feeling with a good ‘ol cup (or two or three) of joe. But not every worker has the luxury of being able to get by on espresso alone. Flight attendants — who are responsible for the safety of airline passengers — need much more: a minimum of […]

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Fair Chance Hiring Reforms for Workers with a Criminal Record

By Larry I. Willis

Almost one in three adults has a record that will show up in a criminal background check, creating a serious barrier to employment for millions of workers. Today, TTD was proud to add our name to a letter asking President Obama to ensure that otherwise qualified job applicants who have a criminal conviction or have […]

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Time for Waterfront Commission to Stand Down

By Larry I. Willis

Often we see labor and management on different sides of workplace issues especially when it comes to the implementation of a new collective bargaining agreement.  It was thus somewhat unusual to see the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and its employer representative—the New York Shipping Association (NYSA)—come together to sue the Waterfront Commission of New York […]

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