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Ensure One Level of Safety for All Air Operations

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 5170, The Safe Skies Act, recently introduced by Reps. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), John Katko (R-NY), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). H.R. 5170 would close a dangerous aviation safety loophole by mandating that pilots that fly all-cargo aircraft are covered by the same flight duty and rest requirements that currently apply to commercial passenger pilots.

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TTD to WMATA: Help Ensure a Fair and Just Contract for Transdev Workers

Dear Mr. Wiedefeld and Mr. Smedberg: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to take immediate steps to ensure that drivers and other workers currently employed at the Cinder Bed Road Metrobus facility and at Fairfax Connector receive a fair and just contract with comparable pay and benefits to those enjoyed by WMATA employees.

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Vote YES on the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act

On behalf of the Transportation Trade Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to support H.R. 5119, the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, when the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee considers it during tomorrow’s markup. This important, bipartisan legislation will help ensure one level of safety and security for all maintenance performed on U.S. aircraft, whether at home or abroad.

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SMART-TD and TTD Call for Action on Cross-Border Freight Rail

As policymakers and stakeholders continue to negotiate the terms of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), we, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART-TD), and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), write to bring your attention to a thus unresolved issue concerning freight rail service between the United States and Mexico and the disparate treatment of rail workers under current law. [1]

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TTD Opposes Anti-Labor Maritime Crewing Proposal

Dear Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Reed, Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I express my strenuous opposition to language being considered for inclusion in the FY ‘20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that strips collective bargaining rights from U.S. mariners serving on United States-flag vessels participating in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) operating under an Emergency Preparedness Agreement. As drafted, the proposal would allow an MSP carrier, receiving taxpayer funded stipends, to unilaterally abandon its bargained obligations as it relates to crewing MSP vessels and would allow the Department of Transportation (DOT) to prohibit a labor organization from representing these mariners if the agency decides the union is not adequately acquiescing to the carrier’s demands.

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Support the Passage of H.R. 2440, the Full Utilization Of The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to support the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act (H.R. 2440) when it is considered under suspension on Monday, October 28th. This bipartisan legislation has been introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 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). TTD has previously endorsed H.R. 2440, and we strongly support its passage by the full House.

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Rail Labor and Management Continue Calls For Increased Funding For Railroad Retirement Board

Dear Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray: On behalf of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the Rail Labor Division (RLD) of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), we urge you to fully fund the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill.  Specifically, we ask that any conference report include no less than the House-passed RRB funding level of $135.5 million for administration of the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. Of that total, we support the RRB’s no year funding request that up to $13,460,000 be allocated for crucial and overdue information technology (IT) modernization projects.

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TTD to Representatives: Cosponsor H.R.2382, the USPS Fairness Act

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R.2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This bipartisan legislation would repeal the destructive and unprecedented retiree health benefits prefunding mandate imposed on the U.S. Postal Service. In 2007, without due consideration for the critical service USPS provides, and the thousands of […]

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Cosponsor H.R. 3829, The Energizing American Shipbuilding Act

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 3829, the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act. Recently introduced, by Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), this bipartisan legislation will help to revitalize the U.S. maritime industry and create thousands of jobs.

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Transportation Labor Urges Secretary Chao to Implement Aircraft Maintenance Safety Standards

The Honorable Elaine Chao Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, D.C.  20590 Dear Secretary Chao: On behalf of hundreds of thousands of workers who are responsible for and depend on the safety of our aviation system, we urge you to take immediate steps to implement three directives from Congress to […]

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