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Why TSOs Don’t Have the Same Protections as Other Federal Employees and What Congress Can Do to Fix It

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TSA Supervisor Jennifer Haslip poses with the new badge and uniforms at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Friday, June 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Imagine facing the responsibility of helping keep an industry safe from terrorism and other threats, while knowing you are not covered by workforce protections that would make it easier to fulfill your security mission. For our nation’s Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), that isn’t just some made-up scenario. It’s real life. TSOs, the men and women […]

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Rosa Parks Blazed a Trail by Not Giving Up Her Seat on the Bus

In 1955, the city bus became a symbol of segregation and defiance when civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the “colored” section of a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger.  We know the story well: She was arrested, her actions led to what is historically regarded as the […]

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Larry Willis Discusses Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, NAI and more on America’s Workforce Radio

Secretary-Treasurer Larry Willis and America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing Norwegian Air International campaign, President-elect Trump’s infrastructure plan and looked ahead at next steps for TTD and the labor movement during a recent radio interview. It’s obvious that America’s deteriorating transportation system and infrastructure need a serious upgrade, but will Donald […]

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Thank a Transportation Worker

As Americans across the country venture out during the busiest travel time of the year to gather with friends and loved ones, we hope they will take a moment to recognize the transportation employees who make the holidays possible. Represented by TTD’s 32 affiliated unions, the men and women who work on the frontlines operating, […]

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Investments in Public Transportation aren’t Wasteful, They’re lifelines to Economic Progress

What happens when America fails to invest in its public transportation and commuter rail systems? If you guessed Zombiepocalypse, you aren’t far off. Just check out last week’s New York Times article “New Jersey Transit, a Cautionary Tale of Neglect,” which connects the dots between failing to invest in public transportation (and the infrastructure needed […]

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Watch Vice President Joe Biden Give Mad Props to Amtrak Employees

During last week’s announcement that Amtrak would be purchasing 28 new high-speed train sets, Vice President Joe Biden called out Amtrak’s dedicated employees for their incredible contributions to our national passenger rail system. Praising them for regularly going above and beyond, he noted that “management is fine, but employees are better.” This isn’t just lip service. […]

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National Aviation Day Reminds Us Why Our Government Should #DenyNAI

Today, August 19, is National Aviation Day. For most Americans, this holiday commemorating the birthday of Orville Wright, and celebrating our country’s many advancements in flight, goes by without much mention. But ask the men and women who operate, maintain and build our complex aviation system and they’ll tell you it’s worth noting.

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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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