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TTD Comments on NHTSA Autonomous Vehicle Guidance

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) A Vision for Safety 2.0 guidance regarding autonomous vehicles. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those who will be impacted by the development and deployment of automated driving systems. We therefore have a vested interested in the guidance.

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A Common Sense Approach to Sleep Apnea for Workers in the Rail , Bus and Truck Sectors

Fatigue is a systemic problem in the rail, bus and truck industries with many contributing causes including long work shifts, unpredictable schedules and company practices that too often create a tired workforce. Undiagnosed sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), can contribute to fatigue and this issue has received significant attention in recent years. However, […]

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Protecting the Jones Act and Supporting U.S. Workers

U.S. maritime cabotage laws – collectively known as the Jones Act – have served an essential role promoting our nation’s economic and national security since 1920. The Act serves not only to create domestic maritime employment opportunities but also acts as a bulwark against an exploitative international shipping market that seeks to undermine labor rights […]

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Promoting the Rights of Workers in an Autonomous Technology Era

In March 2017, the TTD Executive Committee adopted a statement that set forth principles for tackling the challenges facing transportation workers due to the rapid advancement of autonomous technologies in the transportation industry. We know that these new technologies and related public policy debates will continue to evolve and we stand ready to protect the […]

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Protecting Passenger Rail Workers from Assault

Transportation labor has sadly had to increasingly fight for policies that protect front line transportation workers from violent assaults from passengers. The TTD Executive Committee has previously called for comprehensive policy solutions to combat the troubling rise in assaults on airline customer service agents and transit operators. Earlier in our history, TTD and its member […]

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Strengthening Security, Safety, and Oversight of Contract Repair Stations

The domestic aircraft maintenance industry has seen a scourge of outsourcing in recent decades, with work consistently being moved from in-house maintenance operations to contract repair stations both in the U.S. and overseas. This has presented a number of challenges from a job creation, safety, and security standpoint. In response, TTD and its affiliates have […]

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Upholding Pilot Training, Qualification, and Experience Requirements and Strengthening Aviation Safety

The years leading up to 2010 were a challenging time for commercial aviation. The industry had suffered from four high profile fatal airline crashes in six years, the most recent on February 12, 2009, when a Colgan Air regional flight crashed in Clarence, NY, killing all of the passengers and crew on board plus one […]

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Support The Jones Act

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write in support of the Jones Act and to respond to substantial confusion regarding how the law applies to Puerto Rico. Repealing or modifying the Act, as provided for in legislation introduced in the Senate, will not provide meaningful relief to the people […]

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FMCSA Must Reject Unsafe Hours of Service Exemption for Oil Tank Truck Drivers

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) application for exemption from rest break regulations. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions across all modes of transportation, including both commercial motor vehicle drivers subject to FMCSA’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, and emergency personnel who respond in the event of an accident involving a CMV. We therefore have a vested interested in the rulemaking.

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TTD Opposes Unnecessary Barriers to Bus and Truck Safety Regulations

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding FMCSA’s rulemaking procedures. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions across all modes of transportation, many of whom operate commercial motor vehicles and are therefore subject to FMCSA’s regulations.[1] We therefore have a vested interested in the rulemaking.

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