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This Never Should Have Happened

Washington, DC – Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response a deal reached between Congress and President Trump to re-open the government for three weeks: “While we are pleased 800,000 federal workers and their families will get a temporary reprieve from this nightmare, shuttering the government […]

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Aviation Labor Unions Highlight Growing Safety, Security Concerns as Shutdown Drags On

Washington, DC — Last night, aviation labor unions under the umbrella of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), convened an emergency meeting to highlight the compounding threats to safety and security the government shutdown is having on the national airspace system. Presidents of both public and private sector unions, including the American Federation of Government […]

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Shutdown squeezes every part of air travel

As Reported by STEPHANIE BEASLEY, BRIANNA GURCIULLO and SAM MINTZ for Politico.
The government shutdown is fraying U.S. air travel in ways big and small, not just spawning long security lines at some airports but canceling some pilot training, delaying purchases of bag-scanning equipment and preventing some companies from adding new planes.

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Travel and the Partial Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know Now

As Published by Paul Metselaar in Inc. The partial government shutdown that began on December 22 has passed the previous record of 21 days to become the longest government closure in U.S. history. The partial shutdown is now well into its fourth week, and roughly 800,000 federal workers, approximately half of whom have been furloughed and half of whom have been deemed essential and are called to work, have now missed a paycheck.

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Government shutdown is affecting airport operations, slowing funding for CTA projects

As reported by Mary Wisniewski for the Chicago Tribune. The continuing government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history, is starting to affect airport operations and has cut the flow of federal money to transit agencies, including the CTA.

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Shutdown increasing corporate travel risks

As reported by Michael B. Baker for Travel Weekly. As the U.S. government shutdown turned three weeks old, the odds of tangible and lasting effects on the travel community — disrupted trips or, even worse, security risks — are getting higher.

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TTD Welcomes Railroad Retirement Board Members Commends Walt Barrows’ Service

Washington, D.C. — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement:  “On behalf of our member unions, I want to congratulate the newest members of the Railroad Retirement Board confirmed by the Senate last night – Chairman Erhard R. Chorle, Management Member Thomas Jayne, and Labor Member John […]

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Government Workers Are Not Political Pawns

Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to a partial government shutdown: “Failing to fund nine federal agencies is nothing to boast about. The latest partial shutdown of our government will directly impact millions of federal workers, place a strain on our nation’s […]

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DOT Automation Policy Fails to Address Important Worker and Safety Issues

Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following the release of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Automated Vehicles 3.0 policy on October 4, 2018: “With the release of the Automated Vehicles 3.0 policy, we see leaders in Washington once again charging toward an automated future […]

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Transportation Labor Supports Congressional Agreement on FAA Reauthorization

Washington, DC – Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018: “Transportation labor applauds leaders in the House and Senate for crafting bipartisan legislation that provides needed stability for our nation’s aviation system, strengthens safety, and supports investments that will […]

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