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Ensure Collective Bargaining Disputes at FAA Are Resolved Fairly

Dear Representative: On behalf of the 31 member unions of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote yes on H.R. 5449, legislation introduced by Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), when it is considered by the House under suspension of the rules.  This bill would ensure that collective bargaining disputes between the Federal […]

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Oppose the McCain Amendment to Allow Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

Dear Senator: It is our understanding that Senator McCain intends to offer an amendment to strip the Inouye-Stevens language on airline foreign control in the supplemental spending bill this week.  On behalf of transportation labor, I urge you to oppose the McCain amendment. The bipartisan Inouye-Stevens language was adopted by voice vote during committee consideration […]

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SAFE Port Act's Strong Worker Training, Exclusion of Davis-Bacon

The Honorable Bennie G. Thompson United States House of Representatives 2432 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC  20515 Dear Ranking Member Thompson: I am writing to thank you for your strong leadership on port security and your commitment to developing and improving H.R. 4954, the SAFE Port Act.  This bi-partisan bill represents an important step […]

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Support Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act — Senate

Dear Senator: The current process for settling collective bargaining disputes between the FAA and its workers is unfair and Congress must step in to ensure an equitable and balanced process that promotes the safety and efficiency of our nation’s aviation system.  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to co-sponsor […]

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Support Fair Labor Management Dispute Act — House

Dear Representative: The current process for settling collective bargaining disputes between the FAA and its workers is unfair and Congress must step in to ensure an equitable and balanced process that promotes the safety and efficiency of our nation’s aviation system.  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to co-sponsor […]

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Put a Stop to Plans to Allow Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to cosponsor S. 2135, legislation introduced by Senator Daniel Inouye that would stop the Department of Transportation (DOT) from unilaterally allowing foreign interests to control U.S. airlines.  There is growing bi-partisan recognition that this flawed initiative has inherent security implications and was […]

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Many Low-cost Intercity Bus Companies Operate in Violation of Federal Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards

Dear Subcommittee Member: I am writing to express transportation labor’s continued concern over the prevalence of low-cost intercity bus companies that operate in violation of federal driver and vehicle safety standards, do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and remain on the road despite egregious, repeated infringement of traffic laws.  We commend […]

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Put a Stop to Plans to Allow Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 4542, legislation introduced by James Oberstar (D-MN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) that would stop the Department of Transportation (DOT) from unilaterally allowing foreign interests to control U.S. airlines.  This bill already has 159 cosponsors and there is growing bi-partisan […]

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Support the Langevin Amendment on Aircraft Repair Station Security

Dear Representative: At tomorrow’s Subcommittee mark-up of the Transportation Security Administration Reorganization Act (H.R. 4439), Rep. Langevin intends to offer an amendment that will enhance the security of repair work on U.S. aircraft that is done at third-party stations located both in this country and abroad.  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and […]

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Security of Contract Aircraft Repair Stations

Dear Representative: As the Homeland Security Committee considers measures to address transportation security vulnerabilities, I wanted to share with you our concerns regarding the security of contract aircraft repair stations, especially those located in foreign countries but working on U.S. aircraft. For almost two decades, transportation workers, led by the International Association of Machinists and […]

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