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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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If You’re Surprised by America’s Wage Stagnation, You Aren’t Paying Attention

By Larry I. Willis

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the economy and how well it’s doing. The unemployment rate has steadily fallen for years now, and jobs are being created. But wages? Not so much. The latest jobs report shows that while the unemployment rate remains low, wages aren’t keeping up with inflation. Instead, they are […]

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Larry I. Willis on Huffington Post: Failure to Invest in Public Transportation Hurts Communities Across the Country

The New York Times recently profiled the story — or the commute, rather — of Sheila James, a 61-year-old federal office worker who lives in Stockton, California, but works 80 miles away in San Francisco. She rises at 2 a.m. so she can catch a bus and two trains to get to her job as a […]

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LARRY I. WILLIS DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ON AMERICA’S WORKFORCE RADIO

Did you miss TTD President Larry I. Willis discussing America’s infrastructure on America’s Work Force Radio on Monday? Don’t worry — you can get to the show here. A recent New York Times article featured California resident Shelia James, who rises at 2:15 am each morning to get ready for her day as a public […]

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TTD Stands in Solidarity with MEBA Members at Liberty Maritime

By Larry I. Willis

For hardworking members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.), the reflagging of a vessel to U.S. registry by the New York-based commercial shipping company, Liberty Maritime Corp/Liberty Global Logistics (Liberty), should be a happy occasion. It should mean good jobs and wages for members of America’s oldest maritime labor union. But thanks to a […]

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