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Larry Willis on America’s Workforce Radio: Outsourcing Freight Rail Jobs and Undermining Safety is a Mistake

This summer, the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) allowed the freight carrier Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) to operate freight trains in the United States with crews from Mexico. TTD President Larry I. Willis joined America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc to discuss this concerning decision, and its implications, in a recent interview. The decision […]

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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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Labor Day Reminds Us That America Needs Unions

By Larry I. Willis

Labor Day 2018 marks a pivotal moment for working people in this country. Sustained, coordinated attacks on the rights of working families to have a union voice have led to one of the greatest wealth gaps in our nation’s history. Stagnating wages for workers means that while tens of millions of Americans are forced to […]

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The facts are clear: The U.S. needs the Jones Act

As the calendar flips towards hurricane season, communities along the coasts are getting ready to tackle dangerous storms and surging flood waters. Yet while many are thinking of ways to make their community safer and stronger, the usual suspects are preparing to use these natural disasters as an excuse to trot out the same tired, […]

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Senators Have an Opportunity To Pass FAA Reauthorization That Prioritizes Safety and Workers’ Rights. They Should Act On It.

Chairman John Thune (R-ND) announced the Senate will take-up FAA Reauthorization over the next few weeks – potentially good news for aviation workers. But the details of this bill matter and are still being worked out by Senate leaders. If done right, FAA Reauthorization can and should advance important safety priorities, protect U.S. jobs from […]

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The Hill — Americans need passenger rail that serves entire nation — not just the East and West coasts

By Larry I. Willis

While right-wing think tanks and anti-government ideologues have always criticized Amtrak’s long-distance routes, questions are now being raised about whether or not Amtrak itself supports a national system.

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Improvements Must be Made to the Opioid Abuse in Transportation bill

As part of the Congressional response to our nation’s opioid crisis, the Senate Commerce Committee passed the Fighting Opioid Abuse in Transportation Act last week. There is no question that drug and alcohol abuse has no place on our roads, rail networks, aviation system, or in maritime commerce, and  transportation labor is committed to that […]

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The Hill — Infrastructure Built the Middle Class. It’s #TimeToBuild Again

By Larry I. Willis

In 1897, when public transit was practically unheard of, America’s first subway system opened, setting the stage for public transportation throughout the country and across the world. At the time of its construction in 1913, Grand Central Terminal was the largest construction project in New York City’s history, and one of the first all-electric buildings […]

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‘Ship American’ Laws Must be Reinforced to Support Good Jobs and Promote National Security

By Larry I. Willis

In our highly politicized world, it has become a rarity for Members of Congress to agree on anything. So when a large group of bipartisan lawmakers comes together to take a stand on a single issue, it’s probably a good idea to listen. One of these rare moments happened earlier this week when 66 lawmakers, led […]

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Workers Memorial Day Reminds Us that Safe Workplaces Don’t Just Happen. They are Fought For.

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

No one who works for a living should have to put themselves in a compromising situation just to put food on the table. Yet, every year, thousands of working people, including frontline transportation workers, are hurt or killed on the job. It’s true that decades of struggle by working people and their unions have improved […]

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