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TTD Opposes Voice Calls on Airplanes

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) I write in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the use of mobile devices to make voice calls while onboard a flight traveling within, to or from the United States. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliated unions that represent workers in all modes of transportation, including several with aviation members who would be directly impacted by this proceeding.

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Answer of Labor Parties to Norwegian Air UK Limited’s Application for an Exemption

The undersigned labor organizations (“the Labor Parties”) oppose the contingent application of Norwegian Air UK Limited (“NAUK”) for exemption authority. Any exemption from the requirement that a foreign air carrier hold a foreign air carrier permit must be consistent with the public interest. Six months ago, DOT denied a previous request for an exemption by NAUK, finding that a grant of the carrier’s application would not be consistent with the public interest. Order 2016-6-22 at 2. For the reasons set out below, the Department should deny NAUK’s current request as well.

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Answer of Labor Parties to Norwegian Air UK Limited’s Request for Expedited Processing

BEFORE THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON, DC Application of NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED for an exemption under 49 U.S.C. § 40109 and a foreign air carrier permit pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 41301 Docket No. OST-2015-0261 ANSWER OF LABOR PARTIES TO NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED’S REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED PROCESSING Edward Wytkind, President Transportation Trades Department, […]

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TTD Executive Committee Issues Statement of Solidarity with Chuck Jones

The Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO today pledged its support for and solidarity with Chuck Jones, President of Steelworkers Local 1999, against harsh statements directed at him by President-elect Donald Trump. The President-elect of the United States has taken to Twitter to question the integrity and motives of a local labor union […]

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Vote No on Graves Amendment to WRDA

Dear Representative: As the House continues deliberation on H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), strongly urges you to oppose Representative Graves’ amendment (#10) on nonfederal interest selection. The Graves amendment eliminates the application of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements for cooperative agreements that the U.S. Army […]

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Sign the Rep. Garamendi Letter Urging DOT and DOJ to Protect Airline Workers from Assault

Dear Representative, On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) I urge you to sign the letter being circulated by Rep. John Garamendi to the Secretary of Transportation and the Attorney General which clarifies Congressional intent in regards to Section 114 of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001. Drafted to provide federal […]

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Vote for the Water Resources Development Act of 2016

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote yes on S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA). We commend Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Boxer for moving a bipartisan water resources bill that will authorize new Army Corps projects, keep American ports and harbors competitive, […]

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TTD Comments on Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to comment on FRA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which seeks to implement the Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program. As the FRA notes, Section 11307 of the FAST Act (codified at 49 USC 24711) has directed the agency to solicit bids from non-Amtrak entities to replace current Amtrak service on up to three long-distance routes and that this NPRM is a result of that mandate. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliated unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including employees working on and in conjunction with existing passenger rail routes, who would be impacted by this proceeding.

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TTD Urges that Port Metrics Not be Used to Undermine Collective Bargaining

As the Department of Transportation (DOT) convenes its Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group today, I urge you to implement the statute creating this group and the broader port statistics program as directed by Congress in Section 6018 of the FAST Act. Attempts by some to broaden the scope of the Port Performance program to include the collection of worker productivity measurements should be dismissed by the DOT. As you know, the collection of these worker productivity metrics was debated and ultimately rejected by Congress during consideration of the FAST Act. Now certain interests are promoting this data collection in a deliberate and poorly veiled attempt to undermine the collective bargaining process in the seaport sector, even though it contradicts the views of this Administration and goes beyond the scope and mission of DOT and its Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

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TTD Comments on Department of Commerce 21st Century U.S. Port Competitiveness Initiative

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), we are pleased to comment on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 21st Century U.S. Port Competitiveness Initiative and hope to better inform the agency’s report on best practices at seaports. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliated unions in the transportation sector, including longshore, maritime and rail unions employed at or otherwise directly affected by U.S. ports. We therefore have a vested interest in this rulemaking.

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