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Unions Have a Powerful Role to Play in Combating Workplace Sexual Harassment

By Larry I. Willis

I was proud to join labor leaders earlier this week at the AFL-CIO’s leadership summit Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: There is Power in my Union. Survivors of workplace sexual harassment are taking back power by sharing their stories. The movement they have started is shaping national conversation and forcing Americans to confront and […]

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Two-Person Crew Train Legislation Prioritizes Safety and Common Sense

  In transportation, almost everyone talks about the need to put safety first, but when given the choice between cutting costs and lowering standards, some companies choose wrong. That is what we are seeing in the freight rail industry’s efforts to reduce crew size. Today, nearly every freight train in America is operated by two […]

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Making Infrastructure Work for the Middle Class

By Larry I. Willis

On the campaign trail and as president, Donald Trump has continually shined a spotlight on America’s growing transportation and broader infrastructure crisis — and promised to do something about it. Now, as he prepares for his first State of the Union address, the president is expected to once again push his vision for rebuilding America. […]

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Note to Lawmakers: Stop Playing Chicken with the Funding Clock

In an ideal world, Congress would be working to come up with budget solutions for FY 19, rather than scrambling to find stopgap measures to keep the government open a few weeks at a time. In an ideal world, stable, robust federal funding for our nation’s transportation system wouldn’t be a nonstarter. And in an […]

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Pilot Training Requirements Save Lives. Dismantling Them is Unacceptable.

By Larry I. Willis

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

By Larry I. Willis

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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Scapegoating a law that protects good jobs will not help Puerto Rico – as published in The Hill

More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the situation remains dire. Forty percent of the island is without running water. Many roads and bridges are impassable. The electric grid is largely offline. The people of Puerto Rico desperately need and are entitled to help from the U.S. government. But instead of acting […]

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Larry I. Willis Discusses Autonomous Vehicle Legislation and Hair Testing on America’s Workforce Radio

TTD President Larry I. Willis joined America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc Monday to discuss autonomous vehicles and hair testing. You can listen to the show here. As Congress seeks to regulate the introduction of driverless vehicles onto our roads and bridges, questions remain about the impacts this technology will have on the millions […]

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The Hill — IVÁN ESPINOZA-MADRIGAL AND LARRY WILLIS: Hair drug testing is not accurate, we shouldn’t rely on it

Imagine being denied work — not because of your qualifications or work history, but because a drug test required for employment comes back positive for a drug you never used. Now imagine learning that the test result could have been influenced by the color and texture of your hair. Sadly, this isn’t a plot for […]

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