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13 Frightful Transportation Facts

If you think Freddy Krueger is scary, take a look at the state of our transportation system. Much of the blame should be directed at the politicians who have let the austerity zombies win. If these facts don’t make your skin crawl, we don’t know what will.   Skeleton Crew Running Freight Trains? Here’s a […]

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Congress Should Put the Brakes on Hair Testing Bus and Truck Drivers

Too often Washington is a place where all good ideas go to die and where bad ideas flourish. The latest bad idea? Some in the commercial motor vehicle industry are pressuring Congress to undermine scientists and established protocol in order to allow the industry to use an unsubstantiated form of drug testing: hair specimen testing. […]

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Hear Larry Willis Discuss Fast Track, Amtrak, and the Surface Transportation Reauthorizations on America’s Work Force Radio

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Did you miss TTD Secretary-Treasurer Larry Willis discussing Fast Track and the Amtrak and surface transportation reauthorizations on America’s Work Force Radio on Monday? You’re in luck — you can listen to the show here on the MoveAmerica blog. TTD stands with the AFL-CIO in opposition to Fast Track: as Larry points out in the interview, in the […]

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Hear Ed Wytkind Discuss TTD’s 2015 Agenda on America’s Work Force Radio

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Did you miss TTD President Ed Wytkind discussing our 2015 transportation agenda on America’s Work Force Radio on Monday? You’re in luck — you can listen to the show here on the MoveAmerica blog. This past weekend TTD met with the leaders of our 32 affiliate unions to set our 2015 agenda, and, as Ed said on […]

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The New TTD.org Goes Live!

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Things look a little different around here at TTD.org: as of today we have a brand new website design, which is sleeker, more modern, and more navigable. With this website we will have the tools to better drive our policy agenda and initiatives on behalf of the women and men who operate, maintain, build, and […]

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Hear Ed Wytkind Discuss the Election on America’s Work Force Radio

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Did you miss TTD President Ed Wytkind discussing the midterm elections on America’s Work Force Radio yesterday? You’re in luck — you can listen to the show here. Races across the country are looking tight, and there’s an enormous amount at stake for workers and for our transportation infrastructure. “The folks that know something about the infrastructure […]

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Investing in Infrastructure to Put America to Work

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO blog temporary 2

It’s no secret that we’re underinvesting in our transportation infrastructure. It’s been years since Congress passed a long-term surface transportation funding bill, our aviation system relies on outdated technology, and the last rail funding authorization expired more than a year ago. Across all modes of transportation and across the entire nation, we’ve underinvested to such […]

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Boehner-Cantor-McCarthy Plan Just Another Messaging Bill

By Ed Wytkind

How bad is the proposal by House Republican leaders to fix the Highway Trust Fund’s shortfall by eliminating Saturday mail service?  Consider this: 26 unions representing hundreds of thousands of transportation workers today announced their vociferous opposition to the plan. To be sure these unions believe that stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund is a major […]

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Honoring Those Who Defend Our Nation

By Ed Wytkind

As Americans prepare to honor our veterans on November 12th for all they do to defend our nation, we must pledge to do more to help our military find good jobs upon returning home. Far too often these heroes, who have chosen to risk their own lives to secure our freedom, come back to the […]

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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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