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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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The Blueprint to Building a Lasting Economy

By Ed Wytkind

Tonight Americans will hear about moving forward with an economy that is “built to last” at the Democratic National Convention.  No doubt anyone watching will hear plenty about how the President has focused his energy on expanding the middle class – from saving the auto industry to ensuring America has the world’s finest transportation system […]

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10 Things You Should Know About President Obama's Transportation Accomplishments

The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues “10 Things You Should Know” as the Democratic National Convention kicks off today with a platform of how to Move America Forward. There is no sharper contrast in this presidential election than in the value the President and his challenger, Gov. Mitt Romney, place on transportation and infrastructure […]

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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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