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Strengthening Security, Safety, and Oversight of Contract Repair Stations

The domestic aircraft maintenance industry has seen a scourge of outsourcing in recent decades, with work consistently being moved from in-house maintenance operations to contract repair stations both in the U.S. and overseas. This has presented a number of challenges from a job creation, safety, and security standpoint. In response, TTD and its affiliates have […]

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Upholding Pilot Training, Qualification, and Experience Requirements and Strengthening Aviation Safety

The years leading up to 2010 were a challenging time for commercial aviation. The industry had suffered from four high profile fatal airline crashes in six years, the most recent on February 12, 2009, when a Colgan Air regional flight crashed in Clarence, NY, killing all of the passengers and crew on board plus one […]

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Support The Jones Act

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write in support of the Jones Act and to respond to substantial confusion regarding how the law applies to Puerto Rico. Repealing or modifying the Act, as provided for in legislation introduced in the Senate, will not provide meaningful relief to the people […]

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FMCSA Must Reject Unsafe Hours of Service Exemption for Oil Tank Truck Drivers

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) application for exemption from rest break regulations. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions across all modes of transportation, including both commercial motor vehicle drivers subject to FMCSA’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, and emergency personnel who respond in the event of an accident involving a CMV. We therefore have a vested interested in the rulemaking.

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TTD Opposes Unnecessary Barriers to Bus and Truck Safety Regulations

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding FMCSA’s rulemaking procedures. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions across all modes of transportation, many of whom operate commercial motor vehicles and are therefore subject to FMCSA’s regulations.[1] We therefore have a vested interested in the rulemaking.

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TTD President Larry I. Willis Testifies on Freight and Passenger Rail Infrastructure Investment

Chairman Denham, Ranking Member Capuano, and members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Railroad subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify this afternoon on building a 21st century infrastructure for America. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliated unions that represent workers in every mode of transportation in both the public and private sectors.[1] TTD unions specifically represent workers that operate, service and build passenger and freight rail systems including those at Amtrak, commuter rail providers and freight railroads.

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TTD Comments on Private Sector Participation in Transit

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to comment on the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) encouraging private sector participation and investment in transit capital projects. By way of Background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions in the transportation sector, including those who may be affected by increased private participation in the public transportation space.

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NHTSA Should Include Labor in School Bus Seat Belt Studies

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) information collection request (ICR) regarding the use of seat belts on school buses. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions, several of whom represent school bus drivers and bus aides. [1] We therefore have a vested interested in the collection request.

Through this ICR, NHTSA plans on collecting information in order to understand the factors considered by state and local agencies when deciding whether to require seat belts on school buses, how these requirements are funded, and challenges that may occur. NHTSA states that it will collect this data through interviews, discussions, and a web-based survey.

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Vote Alert for Amendments to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018

As the House continues consideration of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) recommends the following votes on amendments to the THUD division of the package:

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DOT Should Keep Safety and Labor Protections Out of Regulatory Review

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) request for input regarding the agency’s review of its regulations, policy and guidance in order identify items that may cause unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation who are impacted by DOT regulations. [1] We therefore have a vested interested in the rulemaking.

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