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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 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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Tell DOT to Enforce our Aviation Trade Agreements and Reject Norwegian Air International’s Application

Dear Senator: I urge you to sign on to the letter being circulated by Senator Amy Klobuchar which asks the Secretary of Transportation to reject the application of Norwegian Air International (NAI) for a foreign air carrier permit. This letter is in response to a show cause order issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT) […]

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Tell the President to Enforce our Aviation Trade Agreements

Cosponsor H.R. 5090 and Sign the Garamendi-Collins letter Dear Representative: I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 5090, which was introduced by Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA). This bipartisan legislation is necessary to correct a significant misinterpretation of the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement (ATA) by the Department […]

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TTD, Transit Unions Urge DOT to Issue Rule to Protect Transit Workers

As labor organizations representing transit workers throughout the country, we urge the Department of Transportation (DOT) and your Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to issue a rule to protect bus drivers and other transit operators from the physical assaults that are plaguing this industry. As you know, Section 3022 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, builds upon FTA’s authority to regulate the safety of public transportation and requires the agency to issue a rulemaking on transit operator assaults. We believe that given the gravity of the problem, the clear Congressional directive, and DOT’s own engagement on this issue, that a rule to mitigate assaults should be finalized this calendar year.

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Support Cantwell Amendment to Prevent Assaults on Airline Workers

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) I urge you to vote YES on the Cantwell amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act. This amendment expands the current law that protects airport security personnel from assaults to also protect airline customer service representatives, including gate and ticket agents. The inclusion of this language in the FAA Reauthorization would make great strides toward ending the troubling rise in violent behavior directed at front line airline employees.

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Vote YES on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote for the conference committee report on H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. We commend Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member DeFazio, Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Boxer for finalizing a bipartisan and multi-year surface transportation bill that will create and sustain good middle-class jobs and make urgently needed investments in our transit systems, roads, bridges and passenger rail network.

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Oppose the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act; Ensure Basic Labor Rights and Protections

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote NO on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (H.R. 511) when it is considered on the House floor. This bill would exempt all tribal-owned and operated commercial enterprises located on Indian lands from coverage of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and deny critical labor protections to hundreds of thousands of workers, the majority of whom are not Native Americans. In addition to the over 600,000 tribal casino workers, this bill would cover mining operations, power plants, smoke shops, saw mills, construction companies, ski resorts, high-tech firms, hotels, and spas, stripping all workers in these commercial enterprises of their rights and protections under the NLRA.

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