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Dr. King and the Power of Unity

Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “More than 50 years after his tragic and untimely passing, the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to be a source of hope and inspiration for working people across our […]

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DOT’s AV 4.0 Read More Like Industry Promotional Material Than Serious, Thoughtful Policy

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on AV 4.0, updated automation policy released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation: “The responsible deployment of automated technology on our streets must be accompanied by a serious and thoughtful regulatory framework that hold tech companies accountable. Sadly, […]

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The impact of national ride-hailing regulations: Labor

As Reported By Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive In October, Congress discussed ways it could regulate ride-hailing on a national basis. In this two-part series, Smart Cities Dive examines the impacts of potential laws on safety and the labor force. Ride-hailing’s system of hiring independent contractors as drivers could be under threat in the wake […]

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Priorities in Spending Bill Reflect Needs of Transportation Network, Frontline Workers

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the Domestic Priorities and International Assistance Appropriations Minibus, H.R. 1865: “The passage of the FY 2020 appropriations agreement in the House of Representatives yesterday represents a major step forward for America’s transportation workforce and for every […]

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New Federal AV Legislation Under Fire for Inadequate Safety Provisions

As Reported By Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive Dive Brief: A new draft of federal legislation on autonomous vehicles (AVs) does not do enough to address ongoing safety concerns, multiple sources, including the National League of Cities, told Smart Cities Dive this week. Critics said draft text in Congress is inadequate as it gives the U.S. Department […]

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Gig work on the rise and for many, a way of life

As Reported By Lorraine Mirabella for The Chicago Tribune By day, Leah Needham buys groceries to deliver to customers in White Marsh and Middle River. But in the evenings, the shopper for online grocery service Shipt trades in her green T-shirt for a pair of ballroom dance shoes and heads to her next gig. In […]

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Gig work: It’s on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life

As Reported By Lorraine Mirabella for The Baltimore Sun By day, Leah Needham buys groceries to deliver to customers in White Marsh and Middle River. But in the evenings, the shopper for online grocery service Shipt trades in her green T-shirt for a pair of ballroom dance shoes and heads to her next gig. In […]

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See that Semi next to you on the Jane Addams Tollway? Starting today, its driver may be keeping hands off the wheel.

As Reported By Mary Wisniewski for The Chicago Tribune Krystian Gebis did not have to keep his hands on the wheel when he operated a specially modified Peterbilt semi truck along a test track last month. In a ghostly fashion, the steering wheel turned by itself. Gebis, co-founder and chief executive of the Rolling Meadows […]

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Transportation Labor Leaders: Lawmakers Must Ensure One Level of Safety, Security in Aircraft Maintenance Industry

Washington, D.C. – John Samuelsen, International President of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), Sito Pantoja, general vice president of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), and Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issue this joint statement on the Safe Aircraft Maintenance […]

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Boeing 737 MAX Fiasco Brings New Scrutiny to “Insane” Gap in Oversight of Foreign Repair Stations

As Reported By Ted Reed for Forbes This story was updated Nov. 21 to reflect approval of the bill by a House subcommittee. The Boeing 737 MAX fiasco has brought airline labor unions new hope that they can finally change the way foreign aviation maintenance bases are regulated. Airline labor is backing a bill, “The […]

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