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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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Help TWU Keep American Jobs in America

By Ed Wytkind

When someone thinks of ”bankruptcy” a vision of individuals unable to pay every day bills because of job loss or crushing school and medical costs often comes to mind.  But there is another side to this process that is simply shameful:  multi-billion dollar corporations using bankruptcy to walk away from promises made to their workers. […]

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If Mitt Romney is the Answer, What’s the Question?

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Together with our 32 member unions, we just looked at a preliminary snapshot of the record of Mitt Romney.  The findings unearthed are ugly – that is, if you live among the 99 percent in America. We’re also mining through Santorum’s record (which also isn’t pretty), and we haven’t bothered digging through Newt’s record – […]

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Let’s Green-Light Senate Surface Transportation Jobs Bill, Reject Senseless Amendments

By Ed Wytkind

Last night news broke of a Senate agreement to finally move on the long-delayed surface transportation funding bill.  This is good news – hopefully we have broken through the logjam and have a chance to finally fix and modernize our deteriorating transit and rail systems and roads and bridges, and put people to work. With […]

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