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Whistleblower Protections Must Be Enforced and Accessible

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on OSHA’s notice regarding the administration of whistleblower statutes. TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those who are afforded protections under the statutes discussed in the notice.[1] We therefore have a vested interest in the proceeding.  

Through the request for comments, and its scheduled meeting, OSHA is seeking information on how it can improve customer service in its handling of whistleblower complaints, and how it can better explain the whistleblower laws it enforces. OSHA specifically highlights the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the National Transit Systems Security Act, and Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act as the focus of this proceeding.

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TTD Continues to Urge FMCSA to Consider Automation Concerns

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s solicitations for information on how its regulations may be affected by autonomous technology. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those who will be impacted by the development and deployment of automated driving systems.[1] We therefore have a vested interest in the notice.

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FRA Must Not Ignore Safety and Worker Issues In Railroad Automation

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)’s solicitations for information related to the future of automation in the railroad industry. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including workers across all crafts in the railroad industry who will be impacted by automation. We therefore have a vested interested in the notice. [1] TTD also endorses the comments of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Transportation Division (SMART-TD), a TTD affiliated union.

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TTD Urges Extreme Caution on Permitting Automated Transportation of Hazardous Materials

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)’s solicitations for information on autonomous surface transportation of hazardous materials. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those who will be impacted by the development and deployment of automated driving systems, workers who transport hazardous materials, and first responders tasked with responding to incidents involving hazmat. We therefore have a vested interest in the notice.

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Create Good Jobs by Moving the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Off-Budget

With the Panama Canal expansion project complete, U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports are seeing an increased demand for their services as new, larger ships enter the market for cargo shipping. However, as ports seek to remain competitive in a global marketplace, the design failures of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) continue to hold […]

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Common Sense Transportation Regulatory Policy

Frontline workers, the traveling public, and communities across the country depend on a safe and secure transportation network to drive middle-class job growth and sustain our economy. While private sector stakeholders and local and state jurisdictions have an important role to play in this effort, the federal government has the primary responsibility to establish rules […]

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Failing to Fund Gateway is Not an Option

In February of 2016, TTD’s Executive Committee adopted a policy statement calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to take immediate steps to fund arguably the most critical infrastructure project in our country: the Gateway Program and Hudson Tunnel Project. More than two years later, bipartisan and state support for the project has strengthened yet […]

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Fighting the Scourge of TSA Privatization

On February 21st of this year, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) voted to begin the process of transitioning from Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screening operations at the Orlando International Airport to a private screening contractor. Ultimately, due to the public outcry of passengers, elected officials and union members, GOAA abandoned their efforts to […]

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Ending Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Transportation Sector

The rise of the #MeToo Movement has shined a national spotlight on a pervasive problem in American workplace culture that, until recently, has largely been ignored: sexual harassment and gender-based violence. With a newfound voice, confidence, and power, women across the country are stepping forward to say enough is enough. Thousands have courageously shared their […]

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Brexit: Aviation Agreement Must Include Worker Protections

The labor movement has a long and committed record of advocating for strong labor provisions in U.S. trade agreements. In 2011 the U.S.-EU-Norway-Iceland air transport agreement included a landmark labor clause designed to protect labor standards as air services are liberalized under the agreement (Article 17 bis). Now, as the U.S. and U.K. negotiate a […]

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