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Audit Shows FAA "Asleep at the Switch" As Airlines Outsource Aircraft Repairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 AFL-CIO Transportation Unions Demand Greater Oversight Washington, D.C. . . . The following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), in response to an audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General of Federal Aviation Administration oversight of commercial aircraft […]

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Giant Railroads Paint Rosy — and Misleading — Picture of Safety Record

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Self-Awarded Prizes, PR Campaign Mask the Dangerous Truth Washington DC — The freight railroad industry paints a highly selective and distorted picture of its own safety record, Edward Wytkind, President of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD), said today. Wytkind’s remarks came on the heels of a gala ceremony […]

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Transportation Labor Pledges Full Support for Machinists Union Members at United Airlines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Workers Not Alone in Battle for Their Futures Washington, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, on behalf of its 35 member unions, issued the following statement today in support of the 20,000 Machinists union members at United Airlines as they work to reach a labor […]

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Senators Move to End Administration "Foot-Dragging" on Foreign Aircraft Repair Station Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Washington, D.C. B Responding to the Bush Administration’s refusal to issue security rules for the foreign repair of U.S. aircraft, the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee unveiled a measure (S. 1052) to close dangerous loopholes in aircraft repair. According to Edward Wytkind, President of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation […]

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Momentum Growing Against Bush Plan to Kill Amtrak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 202/262-3854 MichaelB@ttd.org House Panel Approves Pro-Amtrak Bills; Rail Workers Mobilize Washington D.C. — Momentum is growing against the White House plan to bankrupt Amtrak, Edward Wytkind, President of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department said today, citing both House committee approval of two passenger rail bills and the mobilization of […]

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Transportation Labor Calls for Resignation of Amtrak Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Responsible Board Needed to Stop Bush Plan to Kill Amtrak from Within Washington, DC … The Amtrak Board of Directors must resign immediately before they succeed in killing Amtrak from within through destructive privatization initiatives, declared the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) today, representing millions of transportation workers nationwide […]

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Transportation Labor Condemns Amtrak Board Proposal to Decimate Amtrak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/262-3854 Washington, D.C.  The following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, in response to today’s unveiling of the Amtrak Board of Directors’ proposal to restructure Amtrak. In a stunning display of self-destructive behavior, the Amtrak board has actually asked Congress to dismantle […]

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FAA Once Again Delays Improving Oversight of Aircraft Repair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Bush Administration Continues to Ignore Key Deadlines Washington, D.C. In yet another example of Bush appointees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) siding with business interests over the needs of aviation safety, the FAA today delayed for an additional year requiring aircraft repair companies to have approved worker training […]

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Transportation Labor Lauds House Passage of Highway/Transit Jobs Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Washington, D.C. Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today in reaction to U.S. House passage of the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. “Today’s vote in the House sets the stage for putting millions of Americans to work and rebuilding and […]

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Wal-Mart-Led Coalition Loses Push for 16 Hour Day for Truck Drivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Amendment Threatened Highway Safety, Exploited Workers Washington, D.C. Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today. “We are pleased that Representative John Boozman (R-AR) chose to withdraw his amendment to the highway and transit bill (H.R. 3) that would extend a truck driver’s […]

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