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A Transportation Infrastructure Agenda That Expands the Economy and Creates Jobs

During a time of historic partisanship, many issues divide the nation and our Congress. Infrastructure should not be one of those issues. From the last presidential campaign to the present day, it is clear that both the American people and many of our elected leaders understand the need to solve a generation of self-inflicted transportation […]

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Reject Attacks on Official Time For Federal Employees

On Wednesday, March 8th the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved the Official Time Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 1364) which was introduced by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA). This misguided legislation would penalize those who agree to serve as employee representatives by reducing pension accrual, and is the most recent in a long […]

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Right-to-Work Laws Destroy Jobs and Wages

Far too many politicians talk a good game about supporting working people and good jobs, but then simultaneously support policies that hollow out an already shrinking middle class. One of those policies is so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation, part of a deliberate campaign by extremists and parts of the corporate lobby that know exactly what they are […]

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TTD Supports Descriptive Identification Numbers on Oil Cargo Tanks

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to comment on PHMSA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning identification numbers on oil cargo tanks. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions that represents workers in all modes of transportation, including rail employees who transport oil and emergency personnel who respond in the case of an accident.

In PHMSA’s ANPRM, the Administration seeks comments on regulations regarding the marking of identification numbers on cargo tanks carrying petroleum products. In issuing this ANPRM, PHMSA is fulfilling a requirement of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, which directed the Administration to respond to a petition for rulemaking filed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which proposed amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The notice also addresses a petition filed by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), which also proposes HMR amendments. In addition to the petitions, PHMSA requests comments on several other items relating to identification numbers.

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TTD Opposes Voice Calls on Airplanes

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) I write in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the use of mobile devices to make voice calls while onboard a flight traveling within, to or from the United States. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliated unions that represent workers in all modes of transportation, including several with aviation members who would be directly impacted by this proceeding.

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Answer of Labor Parties to Norwegian Air UK Limited’s Application for an Exemption

The undersigned labor organizations (“the Labor Parties”) oppose the contingent application of Norwegian Air UK Limited (“NAUK”) for exemption authority. Any exemption from the requirement that a foreign air carrier hold a foreign air carrier permit must be consistent with the public interest. Six months ago, DOT denied a previous request for an exemption by NAUK, finding that a grant of the carrier’s application would not be consistent with the public interest. Order 2016-6-22 at 2. For the reasons set out below, the Department should deny NAUK’s current request as well.

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Answer of Labor Parties to Norwegian Air UK Limited’s Request for Expedited Processing

BEFORE THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON, DC Application of NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED for an exemption under 49 U.S.C. § 40109 and a foreign air carrier permit pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 41301 Docket No. OST-2015-0261 ANSWER OF LABOR PARTIES TO NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED’S REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED PROCESSING Edward Wytkind, President Transportation Trades Department, […]

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TTD Executive Committee Issues Statement of Solidarity with Chuck Jones

The Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO today pledged its support for and solidarity with Chuck Jones, President of Steelworkers Local 1999, against harsh statements directed at him by President-elect Donald Trump. The President-elect of the United States has taken to Twitter to question the integrity and motives of a local labor union […]

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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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