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TTD Responds to DOT’s Review of Guidance

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) notice seeking information on guidance documents that it should consider repealing or revising. By way of background, TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation who are impacted by DOT regulations and guidance. [1] We therefore have a vested interested in the request.

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TTD Urges Support for “Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund” Act

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I want to offer our strong support for the “Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund” Act (H.R. 2440) and thank Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Subcommittee Chair Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Subcommittee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) for introducing this important and timely legislation. This bipartisan bill will finally unlock the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) for its intended purpose and will pave the way for sorely needed port and harbor improvement projects, promote good paying jobs, and provide a boost to the national economy. We urge Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to vote yes when it is considered later today.

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Rail Labor and Rail Management Call for Increased Funding for Railroad Retirement Board

On behalf of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the Rail Labor Division (RLD) of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), we write in support of funding for the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill at $137.216 million. This funding request includes $11,861,800 in no year funding for information technology (IT) modernization to ensure the agency’s ability to continue to efficiently serve our nation’s railroad workers. This modest funding, $20.991 million above the President’s budget request, is spent solely from the RRB’s trust funds and does not require appropriated funds from general revenues.

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TTD TO REPRESENTATIVES: SUPPORT TRAINING FOR THE TRANSIT AND RAIL WORKFORCE

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to cosign Congressman Jesus G. “Chuy” García’s appropriations request (below) to the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee in support of funding for frontline workforce development training for bus drivers and train operators. We know that, when done right, training programs lead to a more […]

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TTD’s Comments on Decertification of Representatives before the NMB

The Unions that comprise the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (“TTD”) hereby submit these comments regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) issued by the National Mediation Board (“NMB” or “Board”) on January 31, 2019.   84 Fed. Reg. 612 (Jan. 31, 2019).   These 32 affiliated unions represent employees in all modes of transportation, including railroad and airline employees covered by the Railway Labor Act (“RLA”).[1]  TTD welcomes the opportunity to submit comments to the NMB regarding its recent proposed decertification procedure rule-making.   TTD strongly opposes the Board’s proposed rulemaking.  The NPRM is inconsistent with the RLA.  The proposed rules changes exceed the scope of the Board’s narrow jurisdiction under Section 2, Ninth and unreasonably restrict employees’ exercise of the right to choose representation under the statute.  For all the reasons discussed below, the NMB should reconsider its proposed rulemaking and rescind the NPRM.

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Proposed Decertification Rule Undermines Rights of Aviation and Rail Workers

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I thank you for the opportunity to testify today before the National Mediation Board (NMB or Board) on the Decertification of Representatives proposed rule. By way of background, TTD represents 32 affiliated unions in all modes of transportation. This includes a number of unions whose members work in the aviation and rail sectors, are covered by the Railway Labor Act (RLA), and thus are directly affected by this rulemaking.[1] I should note that Carmen Parcelli, outside counsel representing TTD in this matter, also will appear today. Carmen will focus on the legal arguments and procedural deficiencies of this proposal while I will touch on some of the broader policy concerns and emphasize key arguments. In addition, TTD will be filing more extensive comments by the April 1 deadline.

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Cosponsor H.R. 1139 – the Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act of 2019

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 1139, the Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act. This bipartisan, common-sense legislation will help address the ever-growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit workers, enhance pedestrian safety, and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station.

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Cosponsor S. 436 – the Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act of 2019

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor S. 436, the Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act. This common-sense legislation will help address the ever-growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit workers, enhance pedestrian safety, and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station.

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TTD to Representatives: Fully Fund the Maritime Security Program in FY’20

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I ask you to sign the bipartisan letter being circulated by Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Robert Wittman (R-VA) requesting the fully authorized level of $300,000,000 for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the FY 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill.

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TTD to Senators: Fully Fund the Maritime Security Program in FY’20

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I ask you to sign the bipartisan letter being circulated by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) requesting the fully authorized level of $300,000,000 for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the FY 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill.

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