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Vote Alert for Amendments to Surface Transportation Bill

Dear Representative:

As the House begins to consider H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA), the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) believes it is imperative that the bill remain a bipartisan compromise that focuses on our transportation priorities. The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) has worked hard and effectively to create a long-term surface transportation authorization that can pass the House of Representatives. TTD supported the underlying T&I bill. We therefore believe it is important that amendments should only seek to improve this bill, and those which upset the careful compromise should be rejected.

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Support the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote for H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRRA). We commend Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member DeFazio, Subcommittee Chair Graves, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Norton for finalizing a long-overdue, bipartisan and multi-year surface transportation bill. While […]

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Oppose the Amash Amendment to H.R. 702

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to oppose the Amash amendment to H.R. 702, the crude oil export bill.  While TTD is not taking a position on the underlying legislation due to a lack of consensus between our affiliated unions, we have long worked with our member […]

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TTD, Unions and Partners Urge Exclusion of Hair Testing Provisions from House Surface Transportation Bill

On behalf of the undersigned labor, medical professional, and civil rights organizations, we urge the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to reject efforts to allow hair to be used for federal drug tests before the validity and reliability of this testing method can be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services. Specifically, we request that the current hair specimen testing proposals under consideration in Congress, including Section 32611 of the DRIVE Act (H.R. 22) and the Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2015 (H.R. 1467/S. 806), not be included in the House surface transportation bill.

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VOTE AGAINST PARTISAN COMMERCE BILL

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to express our opposition to S. 1732, the Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act of 2015 and urge you to vote against it during markup. This is not a position that we arrive at lightly. For America’s workers, a long-term surface transportation […]

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TTD Asks Senators to Remove Anti Worker Section from Port Performance Act

As the Commerce Committee considers marking up the Port Performance Act (S. 1298), I urge you to remove or significantly modify language in the bill (currently Section 4) that would improperly mandate the federal collection of port performance data leading up to and during maritime labor negotiations. This language would misuse statistics to tilt the balance against port workers in collective bargaining disputes and undermine the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by needlessly politicizing the agency’s data collection process. If this language is not removed or modified, we will strongly oppose the bill and urge Commerce Committee members to vote against it during the markup.

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Critical Vote Alert for THUD Appropriations Amendments

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to vote NO on the amendment offered by Rep. Meehan to the FY16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act. The Meehan amendment would put unreasonable constraints on Amtrak’s ability to operate a national passenger rail system. This amendment would effectively prevent […]

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Critical Vote Alert for THUD Appropriations Amendments

Dear Representative: As the House continues consideration of the FY16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, we urge you to stand with labor in support of a safe, efficient transportation system by taking the following votes:  Vote NO on the two amendments offered by Rep. Sessions (TX-32). The first amendment would eliminate the Sunset […]

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Critical Vote Alert for THUD Appropriations Amendments

Dear Representative: As the House considers the 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, we urge you to support transportation workers and U.S. competitiveness by taking the following votes on amendments:  Vote NO on the two amendments offered by Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5), which would eliminate Amtrak’s operating and capital funding. The demand for […]

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Support Short-Term Extension of Highway/Transit Programs, Move on Long-Term Bill

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to express support for the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of2015 (H.R. 2353), which would provide a short-term extension for our federal highway and transit funding programs. When it became clear that Congress, 10 months removed from the last extension, would be […]

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