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Statement on the Inauguration of the 45th President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States: “We congratulate Donald Trump on his inauguration as 45th President of the United States. “While the President inherits an economy that has made important strides since the […]

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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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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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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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Approval of Norwegian Air International Permit a Betrayal of U.S. Aviation Workers

Washington, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) issues this statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval of a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI):  “Today’s decision betrays America’s aviation workers by granting a rogue, flag-of-convenience airline a permit to serve the United States. […]

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Statement on the Nomination of Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary

“Secretary-designate Chao has an opportunity to play a large role in living up to the commitments made by President-elect Trump that he would rebuild the middle class through job-creation policies. Advancing massive federal investment in new transportation projects is one of the best policy strategies for improving our economy, boosting American competitiveness and putting millions to work.”

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Statement on Withdrawal of Buy America Waivers by California High Speed Rail Authority

I am extremely pleased that the California High Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA) has chosen to withdraw its Buy America waiver request for certain components of its high speed trainsets. With this announcement CAHSRA has reinforced its commitment to maximizing American job creation and ensuring this historic infrastructure project provides the greatest possible economic impact in the U.S.

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Transportation Labor Honors Our Nation’s Veterans

Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement honoring America’s veterans: “On this Veterans Day, the Transportation Trades Department unites with its 32 member unions to honor those Americans who make sacrifices every day in service to the nation – the active duty military and veterans. Upon coming home or […]

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Statement on U.S. Senate’s Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind issues this statement on S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016: “Once again, Senators Boxer and Inhofe have proven that bipartisanship in Washington is not dead. TTD applauds their leadership on WRDA, which will authorize new Army Corps projects, keep American ports and harbors competitive, create good jobs […]

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