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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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