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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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We’re Fed Up With Low Wages, Deplorable Working Conditions Faced by Airline Food Workers

By Larry I. Willis

Here in America, there’s this idea that if you are dedicated and work hard, you can make a good life for yourself and your family. It’s called the American Dream, and it is a promise our country was founded on. But for too many who work behind the scenes making the aviation industry profitable, the […]

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Honoring the Life and Preserving the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Larry I. Willis

  By recognizing social and economic justice as one and the same, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood the immense power working people have when they come together. He saw union representation as the clearest path out of poverty and into the middle class, and fought for the rights of all people to have good […]

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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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