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I’ve Got This. Well Not So Much.

Donald Trump will be coronated tonight as the Republican nominee for President. Americans will then be faced with trying to understand what a Trump presidency means for themselves, their loved ones, their jobs, their communities and their country. What will be obvious tonight and in the weeks ahead is that Trump wants voters to believe […]

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Meet the Governor Pence You Won’t Meet Tonight Under the Cleveland Lights

By Ed Wytkind Mike Pence

Donald Trump says he’ll make America great by being tough on trade, building things and creating jobs. Sure, it sounds good, but Trump is forgetting one thing: actions really do speak louder than words. Not only has Trump failed to share any semblance of a plan for how he’ll do the things he so arrogantly […]

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Meet the Governor Pence You Won’t Meet Tonight Under the Cleveland Lights

By Ed Wytkind Mike Pence

Donald Trump says he’ll make America great by being tough on trade, building things and creating jobs. Sure, it sounds good, but Trump is forgetting one thing: actions really do speak louder than words. Not only has Trump failed to share any semblance of a plan for how he’ll do the things he so arrogantly […]

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Trump’s GOP Platform Won’t Make America Work

By Ed Wytkind

After a quick review of what the GOP platform has in store for our nation’s transportation system and working people, one thing is clear: tonight’s theme at Donald Trump’s coronation — “Make America Work” — needs a tweak. We have a few suggestions, like “Make America Lose as Many Jobs as Possible.” Or “Make America’s […]

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BNSF Rail Conductor: Operating a Freight train with a single crew member is unsafe.

As published by BNSF Conductor and SMART Transportation Division member Mike Rankin in The Hill. On December 23, 2004, near Streator, Illinois, three teenagers ignored flashing lights and drove around the gates at a railway crossing. A train struck their car. Two teenagers lost their lives that night. One survived. I know because I was […]

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Join our Twitter Takeover to Demand #2CrewTrains

Common sense tells us that operating a 19,000-ton freight train with a single crewmember – like the railroads want to do – is a dangerous idea. But what do the men and women who actually operate these trains think? Now is your chance to find out! This Thursday, SMART-TD member and BNSF conductor Mike Rankin […]

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Moving Forward: Investing In Public Transit Lifts Up Working People

Note: This is the fourth piece in a series that explores the connection between a robust transportation system and a stronger middle class. The third piece shows the positive impact investments in port infrastructure can have on the economy and working families. Fifty-two years ago this week, Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Urban Mass […]

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The Huffington Post — Larry Hanley, Edward Wytkind: Time to Eradicate Sweatshops on Wheels

The 40-hour work week? Check. A federal minimum wage? Yup. Ensuring our kids aren’t slaving away in dangerous factories? That, too. Standards that working Americans have come to expect — and that have given millions a chance at better wages and working conditions — can be traced back to historic legislation enacted 78 years ago […]

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Time for our Government to Put to Rest One-Person Freight Train Crews

By Ed Wytkind

Other than the lobby for the behemoth, multi-billion dollar railroad companies, almost no one believes we should permit up to 20,000-ton freight trains, many filled with things that blow up, to travel across America with a single crew member at the controls. The American people hate this idea. Across the country, in small towns and […]

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Women are Vital to America’s Transportation Future

The gender pay gap. Unpredictable, inflexible work schedules. Discrimination on the job. These were just some of the topics addressed today at The United State of Women, a summit hosted by the White House to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and find effective solutions to the most daunting issues still facing working females […]

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