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Statement on Banning Voice Calls on Planes

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to ban inflight voice calls: “Yesterday’s announcement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is an important recognition of what we have been saying all along: voice cell phone calls do not […]

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Global Trade Magazine Reports on Transportation Labor Leaders’ Commitment to Seeking Federal Funding for Infrastructure

Transportation Unions Roll Out Strategies to Move Infrastructure Package As reported by Peter Buxbaum in Global Trade Magazine   Transportation labor leaders have laid out a strategy focused on shaping President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion transportation infrastructure package and tackling challenges faced by transportation workers. But the labor leaders, along with Democrats in Congress who […]

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American Shipper Reports on 2018 Budget Proposal

Trump budget proposal slashes transportation funding As reported by Ben Meyer in American Shipper   President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday released a preliminary budget proposal for 2018 that would slash funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The budget proposal allots $16.2 billion for USDOT’s discretionary budget, a $2.4 billion (13 percent) decrease […]

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Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to President Trump’s budget proposal: “The austerity measures offered for transportation in the President’s budget blueprint go in the wrong direction and must be rejected. We cannot cut our way to a better and more modern transportation […]

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Transport Topics reports on transportation labor leaders’ call for federal funding and high labor standards in new infrastructure package

Unions Call for Federal Funds, High Labor Standards in $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package As published by Eugene Mulero in Transport Topics The Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure funding proposal should significantly rely on federal funds and include provisions designed to protect rights of employees, transportation labor leaders said March 13. “Every sector of the transportation […]

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Transportation Unions Roll Out Strategies to Move $1 Trillion Transportation Infrastructure Package

  Release Primer on Transportation Automation   San Antonio, TX – Transportation labor leaders laid out an aggressive strategy yesterday focused on shaping the President’s $1 trillion transportation infrastructure package and tackling unprecedented challenges faced by frontline transportation workers. Some of those challenges include the looming transportation automation wave, risks to jobs and safety, and reckless […]

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Bloomberg BNA reports on pressure on President Trump to eliminate mexican trucking rule in NAFTA

Teamsters Press Trump to Drop NAFTA’s Mexican Trucker Provision As reported by Stephanie Beasley The Teamsters Union is lobbying President Donald Trump to eliminate a NAFTA provision that allows long-haul Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. Teamsters General President James Hoffa discussed a contentious North American Free Trade Agreement provision that allows cross-border trucking […]

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Statement on Elaine Chao’s Confirmation as Secretary of Transportation

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation: “I congratulate Elaine Chao on her confirmation by the Senate as our new Secretary of Transportation. The challenges Secretary Chao inherits are monumental. Decades of wrongheaded austerity […]

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Commercial Carrier Journal Reports on Request to Extend Comment Period on Hair Testing

Unions asks FMCSA to extend comment period for hair testing request from large carriers As reported by Matt Cole in Commercial Carrier Journal A group representing dozens of transportation workers unions is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to extend the public comment period for a recent request made by a few large trucking […]

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Statement on Senators’ Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” a trillion dollar, federally funded infrastructure plan announced yesterday by several U.S. Senators: “We applaud Senator Chuck Schumer and several of his colleagues for advancing the critical debate about the […]

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