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End this Unnecessary and Harmful Government Shutdown

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to pass H.R. 267, the FY 2019 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill and end the partial government shutdown by passing the remaining spending bills. Another day cannot pass without federal workers returning to their paid work.

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Support the Appropriations Package and End the Government Shutdown

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to support the comprehensive appropriations package that will be voted on later today and end the needless and costly government shutdown. The package funds six federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation (DOT), through the end of the fiscal year, and funds the Department of Homeland Security until February 8. While we believe that many transportation accounts are in need of significant increases, the legislation being considered today seeks to find common ground by offering funding levels previously supported by the Senate, and most importantly will allow federal employees to return to work on behalf of the American people. 

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Support Good Amtrak Jobs in California

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to sign on to Rep. Mark Takano’s Letter to Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson in opposition to Amtrak’s announced intention to shut down its Riverside, CA call center location. This decision, set to take effect next month, would result in the loss of 500 good-paying union jobs in California and further undermine Amtrak’s dedicated workforce.

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Support the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote YES on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302). This bipartisan 5-year reauthorization makes critical investments in the FAA and the National Airspace System (NAS), and provides the long-term and predictable funding that the system needs. We are also pleased that the bill includes several labor priorities that will advance safety and improve working conditions for aviation workers. 

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Cosponsor S. 3215 – the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor S.3215, the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act. This common-sense legislation will help address the growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit bus drivers, enhance pedestrian safety and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station. TTD and […]

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Cosponsor H.R. 6016 – the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 6016, the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act. This bipartisan, common-sense legislation will help address the growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit bus drivers, enhance pedestrian safety and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station. […]

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Cosponsor H.R. 3148 the Railroad Yardmaster Protection Act

Dear Representative, On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I ask that you cosponsor H.R. 3148, “The Railroad Yardmaster Protection Act.” This important and overdue legislation would cover railroad Yardmasters under the Hours of Service (HOS) protections that are currently afforded to other safety sensitive rail sector employees. Federal hours of service laws […]

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Vote YES on H.R. 4 and Support Pro-Worker Positions on Amendments

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. I want to thank Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio for crafting a bipartisan, comprehensive FAA reauthorization that promotes safety, rejects frivolous attacks on labor and worker rights, and provides long-term stability for the FAA. In addition to supporting the underlying bill, I ask that you reject several anti-labor amendments and support others that would further promote safety and security in our aviation system.

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Urge DOT and DOD to Enforce Existing Shipping Laws

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I ask you to sign the letter being circulated by Representatives John Garamendi, Duncan Hunter, David Joyce and Cedric Richmond urging the Departments of Defense and Transportation to fully enforce maritime cargo preference laws.

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Oppose the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote NO on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, packaged together with several other bills as part of S.140. Under the guise of promoting tribal self-governance, the bill would deny labor rights and protections for hundreds of thousands of workers by […]

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