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

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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

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

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Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 4542, legislation introduced by James Oberstar (D-MN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) that would stop the Department of Transportation (DOT) from unilaterally allowing foreign interests to control U.S. airlines.  This bill already has 159 cosponsors and there is growing bi-partisan […]

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Lawmakers Say No to Closing Dangerous Loophole in Aviation Safety

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 House Panel Rejects Tighter Review of Outsourced Aircraft Maintenance Washington, D.C. – The following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), on the House Homeland Security Committee rejecting an amendment by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) to require greater federal review […]

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Airline Jobs, National Security at Risk by Bush Plan Allowing Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 202/262-3854 MichaelB@ttd.org AFL-CIO Transportation Leader Testifies at House Hearing Washington, D.C. – The Bush administration’s controversial plan to allow foreign control of U.S. airlines “weakens the aviation industry at the worst possible time,” threatens national security, and violates existing law, Edward Wytkind, President of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades […]

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Support the Langevin Amendment on Aircraft Repair Station Security

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Dear Representative: At tomorrow’s Subcommittee mark-up of the Transportation Security Administration Reorganization Act (H.R. 4439), Rep. Langevin intends to offer an amendment that will enhance the security of repair work on U.S. aircraft that is done at third-party stations located both in this country and abroad.  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and […]

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House Panel Rebuffs Bush Plan Allowing Foreign Control of U.S. Airlines

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Threats to National and Economic Security Prompt Bipartisan Action Washington, D.C. – The following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), on the House Appropriations Committee directing the Bush administration, for 120 days, to not carry out its plan to […]

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Security of Contract Aircraft Repair Stations

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Dear Representative: As the Homeland Security Committee considers measures to address transportation security vulnerabilities, I wanted to share with you our concerns regarding the security of contract aircraft repair stations, especially those located in foreign countries but working on U.S. aircraft. For almost two decades, transportation workers, led by the International Association of Machinists and […]

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Support Rail Worker Emergency Training Act of 2005

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Dear Representative: I am writing to express transportation labor’s strong support for the Rail Worker Emergency Training Act of 2005 (H.R. 4372), introduced by Rep. Steve Lynch.  This bill, which requires comprehensive security training for all rail workers, is critically important to improving the security of our nation’s freight and passenger rail systems and I […]

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Support Leave All Blades Behind Act of 2006 — Senate

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Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor the Leave All Blades Behind Act of 2006 (S. 2083), introduced by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to protect airline passengers and aircraft cabin crews.  This legislation is needed to reverse the decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) […]

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