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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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Support Rail Worker Emergency Training Act of 2005

Dear Representative: I am writing to express transportation labor’s strong support for the Rail Worker Emergency Training Act of 2005 (H.R. 4372), introduced by Rep. Steve Lynch.  This bill, which requires comprehensive security training for all rail workers, is critically important to improving the security of our nation’s freight and passenger rail systems and I […]

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Support Leave All Blades Behind Act of 2006 — Senate

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor the Leave All Blades Behind Act of 2006 (S. 2083), introduced by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to protect airline passengers and aircraft cabin crews.  This legislation is needed to reverse the decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) […]

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Support Leave All Blades Behind Act of 2006 — House

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor the Leave All Blades Behind Act of 2006 (H.R. 4452), introduced by Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) to protect airline passengers and aircraft cabin crews.  This legislation is needed to reverse the decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to […]

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Support Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act of 2006

Dear Senator: As unions representing hundreds of thousands of workers employed by our nation’s airlines, we are writing in support of the Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act of 2006 (S. 2201) and ask that you cosponsor this important legislation.  S. 2201 was introduced by Senators Barack Obama, Patty Murray, Frank Lautenberg and Daniel Inouye […]

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Reject Virgin America Application to Operate as a U.S. Airline

Dear Representative: As you may know, Virgin America has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate as a U.S. airline and has asked many Members of Congress to support its application.  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am writing to provide an overview of our concerns […]

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