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Steelworkers: Do You Really Know Who They Are?

By Ed Wytkind

The United Steelworkers (USW) union is celebrating a milestone today in Cleveland — it is turning 70 years old. I’m willing to bet that many in America pass by a steelworker every week without knowing they do more than smelt, mine for ore and hammer metals; they are in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals and […]

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Maritime Industry Gets Its Day

By Ed Wytkind

Being a bus driver or pilot or machinist might not sound like a dangerous profession to some, but at TTD, we know that for the vast majority of transportation workers hazardous working conditions are a way of life. Maritime and port workers certainly understand this.  They not only battle the elements and the daily rigors […]

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Union Avoidance Alive and Well at American Airlines

By Ed Wytkind

We have come to expect that corporations will do whatever they can to borrow from Wal-Mart’s low-road, anti-union playbook.  You know that playbook:  low wages, lousy health care and paltry retirement benefits, if any. But we did not expect American Airlines, with its mature collective bargaining relationships with several unions, to use these same tactics […]

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Why Must 13 Die Daily on the Job?

By Ed Wytkind

When we think of countries with the most hazardous working conditions, grueling 14-hour work days that put a worker’s own safety—as well as the public’s—at risk, we usually envision some sweatshop on the other side of the world. Unfortunately, when it comes to unsafe job sites, the United States of America has plenty to fix. […]

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Remembering Our Fallen Workers

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

In honor of Workers Memorial Day Saturday April 28, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO wants to take a moment to remember not just transportation employees but all employees who have been killed or injured on the job. This is not just a day of remembrance, it is also a day of action. To see where […]

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Get Your Crawler Cranes Ready, Congress Wants to Fund Harbor Maintenance

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

One big reason to celebrate passage in the House of the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (H.R.4348) is the successful amendment adopted today that will provide funding to upgrade our harbors. Of course, there are many other reasons to celebrate a surface transportation bill going to conference between the House and Senate, mainly that […]

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I’m Not Buying What Branson’s Selling

By Ed Wytkind

For the past seven years British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson has worked to convince U.S. authorities that he does not own or control Virgin America.  You see, under our law he’s not allowed to. Yet for someone who doesn’t own or control this airline, he is sure busy talking […]

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News Flash: the RAMP Act is Bipartisan. Pass it!

By Ed Wytkind

With so much attention directed at other things in Washington, such as partisan fighting, brinksmanship and the chronically delayed surface transportation bill, our ports and maritime industry sort of need a foghorn on steroids to get someone’s attention. Well, now more than 180 House lawmakers – yes on both sides of the aisle – are […]

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Bridges Built in America Bear the ‘Made in China’ Stamp

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

In the March 22 issue of The Hill, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, gave a real world example of the loopholes currently being exploited in “Buy America” laws: Last July, workers at a Chinese state-owned company in Shanghai loaded four 5,300-ton steel modules onto a ship bound […]

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Why Do I Feel So Tired?

By Ed Wytkind

For sleep-deprived bloggers like me, I can just pound down an extra cup of French Roast to get going in the morning. But for those who keep our skies safe, including pilots—passenger and cargo—and flight attendants, they need much more. They need fair and science-based federal rules that give them a chance to be well-rested, […]

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