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Statement on DOT Port Performance Freight Statistics Program

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the Port Performance Freight Statistics Program Annual Report to Congress: “We applaud Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) Director Patricia Hu for issuing a balanced annual report to Congress on Port Performance as required […]

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Bloomberg BNA reports on Department of Transportation’s new Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation

DRONES, ROBOT CARS COULD CAUSE MASSIVE JOB LOSS: UNION GROUP As reported by Stephanie Beasley in Bloomberg BNA A new federal committee will look at the potential for self-driving cars and other automated vehicle technologies to displace American workers in the future, among other issues. The Department of Transportation is slated to host the first […]

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life, Work and Legacy

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “At a time when the middle class is shrinking and economic upward mobility is becoming increasingly difficult for working families to achieve, we must turn to Dr. Martin Luther King […]

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Edward Wytkind Appointed to DOT’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation

WASHINGTON, DC — TTD President Edward Wytkind will carry the concerns of working people in transportation as an appointed member to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT), which was announced today by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “I am grateful to Secretary Foxx for appointing me and ensuring that […]

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Bloomberg BNA reports on the effect of public transit on upward mobility

Limited Public Transit Options Still a Barrier to Upward Mobility, Says DOT, Union Group As reported by Stephanie Beasley Sixty years ago today, buses in Montgomery, Ala., were desegregated, effectively ending one of the nation’s most well-known civil rights protests—the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Civil rights activist Rosa Parks helped launch the year-long boycott when she […]

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Bloomberg BNA reports on hair testing in the trucking industry

Trucking Industry Continues Push to Test Drivers’ Hair for Drugs As reported by Hassan A. Kanu in Bloomberg BNA Dec. 1 — The federal agency responsible for reducing substance abuse will likely miss a Dec. 4 deadline to set national guidelines allowing trucking companies to test their drivers’ hair follicles for drugs. The freight transportation […]

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Transportation Unions Ready for New Congress, Trump Administration

WASHINGTON, DC — Transportation union leaders across all sectors gathered today for their post-election meeting to assess the landscape in Washington and lay the groundwork for a unified effort under a Trump Administration. “Our discussion today was focused on boosting investment in transportation and protecting the rights of working people against a torrent of political […]

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NJ.com reports on Department of Transportation’s Norwegian Air International Decision

U.S. approves new airline over objections from N.J. Republican and his union allies As reported by Jonathan D. Salant for NJ.com WASHINGTON — The Obama administration‘s approval of a new international airline over objections from organized labor and Republican ally Rep. Frank LoBiondo means new flights from Newark Airport. Norwegian Air International received final Transportation Department approval Friday. It is […]

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Los Angeles Times Reports on Opposition to NAI decision

Norwegian Air International gets final approval for flights to U.S., despite opposition As reported by Hugo Martin in Los Angeles Times Despite opposition from American carriers, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a final permit Friday to allow Norwegian Air International to fly in and out of the U.S. from a base in Ireland. Opponents, […]

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The Seattle Times Reports on Norwegian Air Decision

US Gives Norwegian Air OK to Expand Disputed Low-cost Flights Here As reported by Dominic Gates in The Seattle Times In a decision released Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) finally granted European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air a permit that will allow it to expand flights to the U.S., despite fierce opposition from large U.S. […]

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