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Time to Let American Passenger Service Agents Vote

By Ed Wytkind

Nearly 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines got some good news on Thursday – the union election they have been fighting for has formally been scheduled by the National Mediation Board (NMB) to begin on Dec. 4.  However, there is one thing we already know about American Airlines — it will use every frivolous […]

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Rep. Paul Ryan, Soup Kitchens and Transportation

By Ed Wytkind Earlier this week, the VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan stopped at an Ohio soup kitchen for a campaign photo op to show his concern for those less fortunate than himself.  Only one problem with this display of caring as he rolled up his sleeves and did the dishes — the director of […]

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Airline Union-Buster Auditioning for President?

By Ed Wytkind

Quick quiz: Who was Nevada federal judge Roger Foley talking about when he ruled on “blatant, grievous, willful, deliberate and repeated violations of the Railway Labor Act?” Gov. Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, of course. This should come as no surprise to anyone following the GOP presidential nominee’s bid for the White House.  Fighting unions and […]

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With the Election Near, Transit’s Future is on the Line

By Ed Wytkind

Photo courtesy of the ATU There are 42 days left until the presidential election between a challenger who wants to slash federal transit funding by 46 percent and a president who, after just 28 days in office, invested $8.4 billion in transit as part of his economic recovery plan. Make no mistake, there are huge […]

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We've Seen This Dog and Pony Show Before

By Ed Wytkind

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) continued his “holy jihad” against Amtrak, its 30 million riders and thousands of employees last week by holding his 10th hearing in the 112th Congress  demonizing Amtrak. The last three by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee focused on what Mica thinks is wasteful Amtrak spending.  Speaking of waste, let me […]

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Before Mr. 1% Becomes Mr. Fixit, A Few Questions

By Ed Wytkind

The Romney flavor of the day is that the governor will fix Washington from the inside.  Bravo!  I think he’s on to something. But before you roll up your sleeves Mitt, I have a few questions. Gov. Romney, will you work to oust obstructionists in the Senate who have killed President Obama’s American Jobs Act, […]

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About Mitt Romney’s 47% Gaffe

By Ed Wytkind

Much has been written, and rightly so, in the past 24 hours about Mitt Romney’s video-taped comments to rich donors claiming that 47% of Americans rely on government for “their lives.” Attempts by Mitt Romney supporters to clarify and defend his comments are almost as breathtaking as the comments themselves. Before I explain, let me […]

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The Research on Romney/Ryan: It Isn’t Pretty

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Did you know that Mitt Romney was a director of an airline that ran an illegal anti-union campaign against pilots while leading Bain Capital? Or that Paul Ryan championed and voted for a federal budget that slashes transportation funding 46 percent and destroys 500,000 jobs a year? Check out our new presentation to see what, […]

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Warning: Steep Transportation Cuts Ahead

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

As Congress rushes to finish its official business for September and depart for another session of politicking, there’s something ugly lurking around the corner — sequestration. You remember that ill-advised contingency plan that was supposed to scare the ‘Super Committee’ into identifying $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions? Thanks to the Republican obstructionist agenda, a standoff […]

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Plan to Grow Amtrak Doesn’t Add Up

By Ed Wytkind

I’ve got to hand it to House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Republicans—they sure have nerve. The day after Amtrak reported its 11th consecutive year of ridership growth, setting best-ever records for each month of 2012, Chairman John Mica (R-FL) held a hearing on Sept. 11—not to review the state of transportation security, but to rail […]

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