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Federal Rail Safety Program Reauthorization House Testimony

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WRITTEN STATEMENT OF EDWARD WYTKIND, PRESIDENT TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT, AFL-CIO ______________________________________________ HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS,  PIPELINES, AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ON REAUTHORIZATION OF THE FEDERAL RAIL SAFETY PROGRAM Chairwoman Brown, Ranking Member Shuster and members of the Subcommittee, let me first thank you for the opportunity to testify this afternoon and to present the views and […]

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Union Pacific Withdraws Request to Outsource Safety Inspections to Mexico

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Jenifer McCormick 202/628-9262 JeniferM@ttd.org Union Pacific Withdraws Request to Outsource Safety Inspections to Mexico Washington, D.C. – The following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, President of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, in response to Union Pacific Corp. withdrawing its request before the Federal Railroad Administration to contract out safety inspections […]

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Transportation Labor Applauds DOT Decision to Withdraw Airline Foreign Control Rule

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information contact: Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO 202/628-9262 Proposal Ran Afoul of Longstanding Federal Aviation Law WASHINGTON, DC –  The following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, in response to the Department of Transportation’s decision today to withdraw its proposal permitting foreign interests […]

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Rail and Transit Security Training House Testimony

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STATEMENT OF EDWARD WYTKIND, PRESIDENT TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT, AFL-CIO BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY ON RAIL AND TRANSIT SECURITY TRAINING Chairman Lungren, Ranking Member Sanchez, and Members of the Subcommittee, on behalf of the 31 member unions of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I want to thank you for the opportunity to […]

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Transportation Labor Tells House Committee “We Need Mandatory Training Now”

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For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact TTD, AFL-CIO 202.628.9262 WASHINGTON, DC– The lack of any comprehensive, mandatory security training for rail and transit workers five years after September 11, 2001 is “difficult to believe,” a transportation labor leader told a House Subcommittee on Homeland Security today.  Despite multiple attacks on transit and rail systems […]

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Congress Must Stop Amtrak Board’s Reckless Outsourcing Agenda

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For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact TTD, AFL-CIO 202.628.9262 WASHINGTON, DC– Transportation labor leaders today called on Congress to stop Amtrak’s Board from trading away the safety, reliability and efficiency of our national passenger rail system through “destructive and misguided efforts to break-up Amtrak and outsource as many jobs as possible.” At the biannual […]

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Congress Must Improve Cabin Air Quality to Protect Flight Attendants and Passengers

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For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact TTD, AFL-CIO 202.628.9262 WASHINGTON, DC– Saying that “flight attendant unions have mounting evidence that a disproportionate number of flight attendants who routinely work in cabins with poor air quality suffer from respiratory problems and a range of health difficulties including severe headaches, loss of balance, tremors, and short-term […]

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Ensuring Fairness in Commerical Drivers License Standards

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The safety of our nation’s highways depends upon the highly trained and experienced men and women who operate commercial motor vehicles.  Our public roads are their workplaces, and arguably no one has more interest in promoting the highest possible standards of safety.  Yet under current federal regulations, an individual stands to have his or her […]

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Improve Aircraft Cabin Air Quality

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Studies and first hand accounts continue to document poor air quality onboard aircraft, heightening concern for crew members and the flying public. While poor air quality affects everyone, the impact of contaminated and poor cabin air especially affects flight attendants since the cabin is their workplace.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), aircraft manufacturers, and the […]

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Stop Amtrak's Outsourcing Plan

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The future of Amtrak has reached an important crossroad.  Amtrak’s unqualified Board is pushing the Administration’s “reforms” to dismantle Amtrak through risky privatization and outsourcing proposals.  Congress is debating the company’s next annual appropriation while a long-term funding bill gains momentum in the Senate led by Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).  And […]

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