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Support the LaTourette-Oberstar Amendment to Protect Amtrak

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) I urge you to support the LaTourette-Oberstar amendment to H.R. 5576 (Transportation-Treasury-HUD Appropriations bill) to save our national passenger rail system.  The LaTourette-Oberstar amendment would increase funding for Amtrak by $214 million. The $900 million included in the Committee bill would shut down our […]

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Retain the Senate Provision to Prevent Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

Dear Conferee: As you finalize the emergency supplemental conference report, I urge you to support an important provision included in the Senate-passed bill that would prevent the Department of Transportation (DOT) from changing long-standing rules to allow foreign interests to control U.S. airlines. During Senate committee mark-up, an amendment supported by Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI) […]

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Aviation Unions Voice Support for FAA Employees in H. R. 5449

Dear Representative: As unions representing hundreds of thousands of workers employed by our nation’s airlines, we are writing in support of H.R. 5449 and ask that you vote in favor of this legislation when it comes to the floor for a vote this week. H.R. 5449 was introduced by Representative Steven LaTourette (R-OH) in an […]

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Ensure Collective Bargaining Disputes at FAA Are Resolved Fairly

Dear Representative: On behalf of the 31 member unions of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to vote yes on H.R. 5449, legislation introduced by Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), when it is considered by the House under suspension of the rules.  This bill would ensure that collective bargaining disputes between the Federal […]

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Oppose the McCain Amendment to Allow Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

Dear Senator: It is our understanding that Senator McCain intends to offer an amendment to strip the Inouye-Stevens language on airline foreign control in the supplemental spending bill this week.  On behalf of transportation labor, I urge you to oppose the McCain amendment. The bipartisan Inouye-Stevens language was adopted by voice vote during committee consideration […]

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SAFE Port Act's Strong Worker Training, Exclusion of Davis-Bacon

The Honorable Bennie G. Thompson United States House of Representatives 2432 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC  20515 Dear Ranking Member Thompson: I am writing to thank you for your strong leadership on port security and your commitment to developing and improving H.R. 4954, the SAFE Port Act.  This bi-partisan bill represents an important step […]

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Support Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act — Senate

Dear Senator: The current process for settling collective bargaining disputes between the FAA and its workers is unfair and Congress must step in to ensure an equitable and balanced process that promotes the safety and efficiency of our nation’s aviation system.  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to co-sponsor […]

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Support Fair Labor Management Dispute Act — House

Dear Representative: The current process for settling collective bargaining disputes between the FAA and its workers is unfair and Congress must step in to ensure an equitable and balanced process that promotes the safety and efficiency of our nation’s aviation system.  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to co-sponsor […]

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Put a Stop to Plans to Allow Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to cosponsor S. 2135, legislation introduced by Senator Daniel Inouye that would stop the Department of Transportation (DOT) from unilaterally allowing foreign interests to control U.S. airlines.  There is growing bi-partisan recognition that this flawed initiative has inherent security implications and was […]

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Many Low-cost Intercity Bus Companies Operate in Violation of Federal Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards

Dear Subcommittee Member: I am writing to express transportation labor’s continued concern over the prevalence of low-cost intercity bus companies that operate in violation of federal driver and vehicle safety standards, do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and remain on the road despite egregious, repeated infringement of traffic laws.  We commend […]

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