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Playing politics with Transportation Projects is a Dangerous Game Working Families cannot Afford

By Larry I. Willis

When Vice President Mike Pence toured the damage in America’s heartland caused by historic flooding, he pledged to work with Republicans and Democrats to ensure farmers and ranchers in Iowa and Nebraska receive the federal funding they need to rebuild. He was right to do so. Asking rural families to front the full cost of […]

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Politicizing Critical Transportation Projects is a Dangerous Game Working Families Cannot Afford

By Larry I. Willis

When Vice President Mike Pence toured the damage in America’s heartland caused by historic flooding, he pledged to work with Republicans and Democrats to ensure farmers and ranchers in Iowa and Nebraska receive the federal funding they need to rebuild. He was right to do so. Asking rural families to front the full cost of […]

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Another Bad Idea Brought to You by the Koch Brothers

By Larry I. Willis

Some ideas are so mind-numbingly bad that they do not deserve a serious response. Moon advertising comes to mind. (That’s right. Advertisements projected across the moon. An idea so universally hated that Congress threatened to intervene in the early 90s despite the utter infeasibility of it.) Stopping hurricanes with hydrogen bombs. (No joke: an actual real life meteorologist championed this idea.) Rebooting Casablanca as a live TV musical event starring a cast of unruly kindergarten-aged children who missed naptime and who are all very upset about it. (As far as I know, nobody is pushing this one. Let’s hope it stays that way.)
Here’s one more for you: paying for America’s desperately underfunded highway infrastructure needs by eliminating all federal funding for public transportation.

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National Mediation Board Union Decertification Proposal is A Problem In Search of A Solution

By Larry I. Willis

In an era when the economy is out of balance and stagnating wages are making it harder for working people to get by, our government should be pursuing policies that enhance the rights of workers and encourage them to join together in union. Sadly, a proposal by the National Mediation Board (NMB) does the opposite. […]

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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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