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Congress Must Reauthorize Hazardous Materials Transportation Programs

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The safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials and toxic chemicals is a vital national interest, particularly in a post 9/11 world. It is critical that the safety laws surrounding hazmat transportation are maintained and enforced, and that employees in this perilous environment are well prepared for and protected from the risks they face on […]

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Federal Railroad Regulators Asleep at the Switch

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A scathing report recently issued by the Inspector General (IG) at the U.S. Department of Transportation confirms what transportation workers have known for years -the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) must be more aggressive in policing safety at the nation’s railroads.Transportation labor has long argued that the FRA is too cozy with the industry it regulates […]

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Killing Amtrak from Within

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As Amtrak prepares to fight for its very existence, its own Board of Directors has abandoned its fiduciary responsibility and instead appears willing, at the direction of the White House, to put the carrier into bankruptcy. While the Board’s strategy to dismantle Amtrak from within is being directed by an Administration that has long sought […]

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Protecting the Public from Transportation Security Risks

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Over three years have passed since the horrific events of 9/11, yet amazingly too little has been done to secure our nation’s transportation network from another terrorist attack. Sufficient resources have not been allocated, common-sense requirements have not been imposed, and too often employees and their unions have not been enlisted as true partners in […]

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The NMB'S Federal Tax on Rail Workers

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At the behest of the railroad industry, Bush appointees to the National Mediation Board (NMB) are poised to use the thin bureaucratic smokescreen of new “filing fees” to suppress rail workers from speaking out on critical issues of working conditions, safety, and pay. Transportation labor strongly condemns this egregious and misguided effort to silence workers.For […]

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Transportation Unions Vow Strong Fight for Workers In Time of Economic Crisis and Security Threats

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Demand Bold Federal Action; Commit to Grassroots Effort Las Vegas, NV — Uniting behind an aggressive agenda to advance the economic, safety, and security interests of transportation workers and the nation, leaders of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) vowed today to stop the misguided and anti-worker policies of […]

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Government "Abdicating its Responsibility" in Improving Transportation Security

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Unions Say “Further Delay is Not an Option” Las Vegas, NV – Angrily declaring that “our government has abdicated its responsibility” in protecting the public from threats to transportation security, AFL-CIO transportation unions today declared that “further delay is not an option” in closing security gaps at our nation’s […]

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AFL-CIO Transportation Labor Group Re-Elects Officers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Wytkind, Ingrao to Continue Advocacy for Nation’s Transportation Workers Las Vegas, NV — The AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) today re-elected Edward Wytkind as President and Michael Ingrao as Secretary-Treasurer. Wytkind and Ingrao have each served in these capacities since 2003. “It is a tremendous honor to serve […]

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Federal Rail Safety Regulators "Asleep at the Switch," Transportation Labor Leaders Say

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Buckley 202/628-9262 Call for Sweeping Reforms, End to Cozy Government-Industry Relationship Las Vegas, NV – Denouncing Bush administration regulators who are “too cozy” with giant railroad corporations, leaders of AFL-CIO transportation unions today called for Congress to adopt a rail safety bill to curb an industry that, “has clearly proven […]

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Condemn White House Plan to Kill Amtrak

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AFL-CIO Transportation Union Leader Condemns Latest White House Plan to Kill Amtrak “Reforms” Would Send 20,000 Workers to Unemployment Lines   Washington D.C. — The following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, President of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, in reaction to today’s unveiling of the Bush Administration Amtrak “reform” plan. “Only in Washington […]

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