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TTD Urges DOT to Defer Action on Wizz Air’s Application and Seek Consultations with European Aviation Authorities

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WASHINGTON – The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO today called on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to seek consultations with European aviation authorities regarding Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.’s application for a foreign air carrier permit and exemption pursuant to the US-EU Open Skies Agreement. TTD also urged DOT to defer further action until […]

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TTD Urges DOT to Seek Consultations With EASA About Wizz Air

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The Transportation Trades Department, AFL‐CIO (“TTD”), AFL-CIO, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), hereby submit this Answer to the Consolidated Reply of Wizz Air Hungary, Ltd. (Wizz), including its motion for an exemption, and supports the Response of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) and Association of Flight Attendants, CWA.   As we will show, the Consolidated Reply fails to address the concerns raised by ALPA, the European Cockpit Association (ECA), the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), and the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA).  Collectively, we support the request of these pilot unions and associations for consultations among the Department and its European counterparts. 

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Airline passenger traffic dropped in the pandemic. But TSA seized more guns than ever.

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Reported by Joe Davidson for the Washington Post.

Many things, including air travel, slowed significantly during the pandemic — but not irresponsible travelers taking guns to airports.

In 2021, the Transportation Security Administration caught 5,972 firearms at airport checkpoints, the most ever. That’s an increase of more than one-third over the 4,432 guns found in 2019, the next highest year and just before the coronavirus ravaged the world. The number of firearms found has soared by more than six times since 2008.

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Rail Workers Punished for Taking Days Off, Union Says

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Reported by David Dayen for The American Prospect.

Last month, the Warren Buffett–owned BNSF Railway drew attention after a federal judge effectively blocked 17,000 engineers, conductors, and yardmasters from striking. Under the federal Railway Labor Act, workers in key transportation sectors like freight railroads cannot strike over so-called “minor” issues, under the theory that it would cause too much damage to the economy.

The ruling led to an outcry about blocking the right to strike and forcing workers back to their jobs. But less attention was paid to the “minor” issue: a new BNSF attendance policy that employee unions claim penalizes their members for taking time off work, will lead to many having to leave their jobs, and will increase the risk of serious accidents on the freight rail system.

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TTD President Greg Regan Testifies at Senate Hearing on Transit Labor Wins in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and our 36 affiliated unions, I want to first thank Chairman Brown and Ranking Member Toomey for inviting me to testify before the Senate Banking Committee this morning about advancing public transportation under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
TTD and our 36 affiliated unions have long called for the historic investments that were finally delivered in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). We especially want to applaud the leadership of President Biden and the members of the Senate who put partisanship aside and showed Americans that we can still work together.

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‘Completely demoralized’: US railroad workers pushed to the brink

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Reported by Michael Sainato for the Guardian.

Workers are under intense strain amid grueling schedules, union contract negotiations and an arcane attendance policy system

American railroad workers are criticizing a new restrictive attendance policy at one of the largest railroad freight networks in the US, as they experience grueling schedules and labor cuts in the midst of new union contract negotiations, which have hit an impasse, prompting federal mediation.

The Guardian spoke with several railroad trainmen and engineers who requested to remain anonymous as they are prohibited by their employer from speaking to the media.

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20 Unions Urge Transit Administration to Protect Transit Workers from Assault

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WASHINGTON – Today, 20 labor organizations representing transit drivers and other transportation workers urged Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Nuria Fernandez to immediately implement the safety provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to protect transit workers from assault. Four months after the passage of the BIL, the FTA has […]

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Federal Transit Administration Must Implement BIL Safety Provisions to Protect Transit Workers

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On behalf of U.S. transportation workers — including the vast majority of public transportation employees — who are collectively represented by the undersigned unions, we are writing to ensure you are aware of the increasingly dangerous atmosphere in our public transportation systems and to urge you to protect workers and riders by immediately implementing the safety provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Our members include bus and rail transit operators, station agents, car cleaners, mechanics, and other frontline workers, all of whom are at risk of assault and worse each day they arrive at work. President Biden committed to protecting these workers and that promise was enshrined into law as part of the BIL. Before, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, these workers have laid their lives on the line every day to ensure Americans have access to safe, reliable transportation, and we must not turn our backs on them another day.

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Transit worker unions call on safety agency to implement infrastructure law

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Reported by Teaganne Finn for NBC News.

The main federal transportation safety agency still has not enforced provisions in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law that would protect workers as assaults on transit continue to trend up, a group of transit unions said Wednesday.

“Our members include bus and rail transit operators, station agents, car cleaners, mechanics, and other frontline workers, all of whom are at risk of assault and worse each day they arrive at work,” the labor unions said in a letter to the Federal Transit Administration, or FTA, part of the Transportation Department.

The co-signers include the Amalgamated Transit Union, which is the country’s largest transit union, the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department and the Transport Workers Union.

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Railroad unions keep fighting BNSF’s new attendance rules

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Reported by Josh Funk for AP News.

The unions that represent roughly half of BNSF’s workers continue to fight against the railroad’s new attendance rules that they say penalizes them for missing work for any reason even though a judge has barred them from striking.

The unions launched a petition drive this week and renewed their call for a federal investigation of the rules that took effect last month, but they still haven’t decided whether to appeal the judge’s order or pursue arbitration to resolve their concerns. They say the rules pressure the 17,000 employees they represent to come to work when they are sick or fatigued and put them on call 24-7.

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