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Why Does Paul Ryan Want to Auction Off Our Airlines to Foreign Interests?

By Ed Wytkind

Airline employees, remember this close call just six years ago? The date was May 18, 2006.  The House of Representatives was having a debate about a bizarre Bush Administration proposal to let U.S. airlines be controlled by China and other foreign interests. The Department of Transportation under Bush proposed a change in federal aviation policy […]

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Note to House GOP: They Don’t Just Sell You Food

By Ed Wytkind

Things happen on Amtrak trains.  And when they do, no one wants unqualified front-line workers to be first-responders. Unfortunately, if Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) and some of her allies in the House have their way, fly-by-night contractors could replace Amtrak food and beverage service employees who are trained for all emergencies.  Yes these House members […]

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Shhhh…Don’t Tell Mitt Romney Massachusetts Has a Maritime Industry

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

The port and maritime sector can be an impressive driver of our economy — our ports support 13 million jobs, port activity injects more than $3.15 trillion into the U.S. economy, and one in five dollars spent here is related to port and maritime activity. Luckily for the economy and transportation workers, President Obama has […]

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Someone Please Enroll Mr. Romney in Economics 101

By Ed Wytkind

I’ve been listening to some absurd attacks this week by Mitt Romney and his surrogates against President Obama – the latest a claim that Obama is saying Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motors or Papa John didn’t build Papa John’s, the government did. Here is what the President actually said:  “If you were successful, somebody […]

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Two Transportation Visions on Collision Course

By Ed Wytkind

At least one governor appreciates what transportation investments can do for his state. Governor Jerry Brown of California stood side by side with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Port of Oakland earlier this week, building on the new momentum behind the state’s ambitious high-speed rail plans.  Fresh off the actions of state legislators who […]

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Democracy, Worker Rights Take a Punch in the Gut

By Ed Wytkind

In case you missed it, a federal judge in Texas just punched Democracy in the gut. Inexplicably, a Texas judge has enjoined a union election among 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines.  His rationale?  Well, let me try to explain.  The workers filed for a union election last fall under rules that required 35 […]

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Surface Transportation Jobs Bill on the Clock

By Ed Wytkind

The clock is ticking on our economy. There are only 9 days left before current funding for transit and highways expires and time is running out for Congress to pass a transportation jobs bill as our economy teeters. Reports from this week’s meetings of conferees say certain leaders are now gauging whether or not the […]

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Aviation's Unsung Heroes

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Since the Wright brothers completed their first powered flight in 1903, aviation has captured the public’s imagination. While the entire public and private sector aviation workforce works in unison to operate and maintain the world’s safest air transportation system, the unsung heroes of the sky are often the air traffic controllers who safely guide millions […]

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NMB Does the Right Thing by Ordering Union Election at American

By Ed Wytkind

We heard good news last night from the National Mediation Board (NMB) via the Communications Workers of America (CWA):  the NMB will move forward with a union election at American Airlines affecting almost 10,000 passenger service agents. As I wrote in May, American has stonewalled a union election long enough through its illegal refusal to […]

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'Earth is Flat' Caucus Threatens Transportation Bill

By Ed Wytkind

A move by a House Republican amidst surface transportation funding bill negotiations shows yet again why most Americans are shaking their heads in disgust and preparing to clean house this fall by electing members of Congress who care about the middle class. As conferees haggle over the much-needed surface transportation funding bill, Rep. Paul Broun […]

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