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ED WYTKIND ON THE HUFFINGTON POST: Putting Disadvantaged Americans Back to Work is the American Thing to do

July 2, just two days before the anniversary of our nation’s independence, is “Buy Made in the USA” Day. During this most patriotic of American weeks, we should be celebrating the American dream — that idea that with a little hard work, anyone can build a solid, middle-class lifestyle for themselves and their family. Instead, […]

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Congressional Leaders, President Obama Can End Cycle of Flat-Line Funding for Highway and Transit Investments

By Ed Wytkind

During an unfortunate era in Washington defined by inaction and indecision, it felt like a breath of fresh air when the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) reported out a multi-year highway title as part of the rewrite of the surface transportation bill. This move, by Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara […]

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Hear Ed Wytkind Discuss Rail Safety, the PORTS Bill and the Highway Trust Fund on America’s Workforce Radio

Earlier this week, TTD President Ed Wytkind discussed the latest issues facing America’s transportation and infrastructure systems – and their effects on working people – on America’s Workforce Radio. You can listen to the show on our Move America blog. Topics covered in the show include safety issues in our rail industry, a new bill […]

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Secretary Foxx’s Transportation Workforce Initiative Offers Opportunity to Teach Students about Unions

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Last week, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx launched a new initiative urging transportation workers to introduce young people to jobs in their respective industries. The Ladders of Opportunity – The Future Workforce Initiative aims to change the employment landscape for millennials by encouraging students to look to the transportation industry for work. The timing couldn’t […]

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Inward-Facing Cameras a Distraction from Serious Rail Safety Debate

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The Amtrak crash in Philadelphia has reopened the debate about what can done to make passenger and freight rail safer for both passengers and workers. At recent Senate Commerce Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure hearings, a number of solutions were proposed, including immediately installing inward-facing cameras in locomotive rail cabs. Proponents of cameras argue […]

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Norwegian Air Tries to Fool U.S. DOT with Latest ‘Promises’

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Remember that bad joke we told you in back in 2013? The one about the Norwegian airline that plans to register in Ireland and base its employees — hired through a Singaporean agency — in Bangkok? Well, it only gets worse — or more laughable, depending upon your level of cynicism. Norwegian Air International (NAI), […]

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More Workers at Virgin America Choose to Unionize

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At a time when labor laws are stacked against working people, employees in the airline industry are choosing a union voice on the job. Coming on the heels of a vote last summer by Virgin America flight attendants to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), pilots at Virgin America overwhelmingly voted to join the Air […]

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Ed Wytkind Talks Transportation Jobs on The Rick Smith Show

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Ed Wytkind, president of the TTD, discusses crumbling infrastructure in the United States and its impact on working people, the economy and, yes, even business, on The Rick Smith Show. “It’s not just simply the jobs that are idling on the sidelines because we aren’t investing in transit and highways to build and modernize these […]

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Shelve Transportation Jobs Bill Until Fast Track Legislation is Completed? No Thanks

By Ed Wytkind

So now putting thousands of Americans at risk of more job-killing trade deals is more important than passing a surface transportation bill that puts hundreds of thousands to work? It appears for some the answer is yes. Of course, for the rest of us that is an absurd proposition. Congress should not even take up […]

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Time for Senate to Complete Multi-Year Amtrak Bill

By Ed Wytkind

The start of summer vacation season begins soon and many families will rely on Amtrak to get them there. Almost 31 million passengers took an Amtrak train last year – that’s up 4 percent. This increased popularity in our U.S. passenger rail system comes at a time when Amtrak continues to be short-changed by those […]

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