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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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