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Transportation Unions Call on FRA to Strengthen and Finalize Rule Barring One-Person Crew Freight Train Operations

WASHINGTON DC — Transportation unions appeared at a public hearing today to urge the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to complete a new federal rule this year barring one-person freight train crew operations. Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, joined John Risch, national legislative director of the SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD), at the hearing to make the case for a two-person crew mandate and a final rule that closes loopholes permitting freight railroads to deploy single crew operations.

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TTD Supports DeLauro Bill to Make Railroads Safer

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement in support of the Rail Safety Enforcement Act, which seeks to improve safety in our nation’s freight and passenger rail industry: “Today, Rep. Rosa DeLauro continued her commitment to improving rail transportation safety by advancing legislation that seeks to reduce […]

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Statement on U.S. DOT Rejection of NAUK Exemption Application

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rejection of Norwegian Air UK’s (NAUK) foreign air carrier permit exemption application: “We are pleased the U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected the application of Norwegian Air UK (NAUK) for a foreign air carrier […]

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Boeing’s Shameful Attacks on its South Carolina Employees’ Rights Will Not Go Unchallenged

Washington, DC – Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issue this statement in response to Boeing’s latest tactics aimed at squashing attempts by its employees in South Carolina to select the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers as their collective bargaining representative.  “Boeing’s sinister […]

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Our Government Must Close the Door on One-Person Freight Train Crew Operations

Washington, D.C. — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following the submission of comments responding to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum size for train crews  “Today we provided a clear and compelling case for vigorous federal regulations barring the use of one-person […]

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Lawmakers Must Reject Legislative Assaults on the Jones Act

Washington, D.C. — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement on the proposed amendment to exempt the Jones Act as part of H.R.5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stabilization Act (PROMESA). “Exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act is an old, tired idea that should be […]

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Pass Water Resources Development Act to Keep Ports Competitive

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, (TTD), issues the following statement regarding the markup of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016: “We are pleased that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is taking long-overdue steps to accelerate much needed investments in our nation’s seaports. With […]

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Labor Movement Rallies to Ground Norwegian Air International Operating Scheme

Urges White House, DOT to Protect Middle Class Aviation Jobs   WASHINGTON, DC — Hundreds of aviation professionals, union leaders and members of the Congress gathered to call on the Obama Administration to “Deny NAI” at a rally outside the White House today. The rally is in response to the Department of Transportation’s ill-advised April […]

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Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Ground NAI

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5090) that will require the U.S. Department of Transportation to enforce the labor protections in the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement. “Norwegian Air International (NAI) and its attempt to launch a flag-of-convenience airline has […]

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U.S. DOT Order on Norwegian Air Case, Unless Reversed, Threatens Thousands of U.S. Airline Jobs

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 ill-advised order regarding Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign air carrier permit: “We are strongly opposed to today’s show cause order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation that could […]

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