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Aviation Unions to Congress: Missed FAA Deadlines Put Safety and Security at Risk

Last fall, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 — proof that Washington can still get things done and that bipartisan agreement is achievable on key transportation issues. This long-term reauthorization bill made critical investments in our nation’s airports and air traffic control network, and supported the work of FAA employees dedicated to safe […]

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AVIATION UNIONS TO CONGRESS: MISSED FAA DEADLINES PUT SAFETY AND SECURITY AT RISK

Nearly a year after the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 was passed, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still have not implemented key components of this legislation – components that will improve safety for passengers and workers alike. This Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation will hold a hearing […]

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Transportation Labor Stands with Ground Workers at American Airlines

By Larry I. Willis

Ten years ago, American Airlines was heralded for bucking trends by not outsourcing its aircraft maintenance work to foreign repair stations. Now, 30,000 ground workers at American and their unions, the Transport Workers Union and International Machinists Union, are fighting to keep it that way. Since 2015, ground workers, including aircraft mechanics, have been negotiating […]

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National Mediation Board Union Decertification Proposal is A Problem In Search of A Solution

By Larry I. Willis

In an era when the economy is out of balance and stagnating wages are making it harder for working people to get by, our government should be pursuing policies that enhance the rights of workers and encourage them to join together in union. Sadly, a proposal by the National Mediation Board (NMB) does the opposite. […]

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It’s Past Time to End the Double Standard in Aircraft Maintenance

By Larry I. Willis

Think about the last time you or a family member flew on a commercial airplane. It may surprise you to learn there is a pretty good chance that the aircraft had maintenance work performed at a repair station located in a foreign country. Why does this matter? Even though foreign-based repair stations are certified by […]

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National Aviation Day Reminds Us Why Our Government Should #DenyNAI

Today, August 19, is National Aviation Day. For most Americans, this holiday commemorating the birthday of Orville Wright, and celebrating our country’s many advancements in flight, goes by without much mention. But ask the men and women who operate, maintain and build our complex aviation system and they’ll tell you it’s worth noting.

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Ed Wytkind Discusses Aviation Security on Heartland Labor Forum Radio

TTD President Ed Wytkind joined Heartland Labor Forum radio this week to discuss TTD’s fight for security improvements at foreign aircraft repair stations. In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on transportation security last month, Sen. Claire McCaskill voiced her concerns over “a gaping hole” in our nation’s aviation security—specifically, TSA’s lack of oversight and regulation […]

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Transportation Security Officers a Key Link in Defending Our Security

Nearly two years after the tragic death of Gerardo Hernandez, the first Transportation Security Officer (TSO) killed in the line of duty, President Obama signed into law common-sense legislation that requires the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to make sure airports and high-risk surface transportation hubs have adequate plans in place to deal with shootings […]

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Our Aviation System Needs Long-Term Investment, Not More Patchwork FAA Bills

Amidst the turmoil that has gripped Capitol Hill recently, Americans may have missed a non-controversial but significant action taken by Congress. On Monday evening, the House took a simple voice vote to pass a six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and avert a lapse in the agency’s funding. The Senate quickly followed […]

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We Said Go Slow on Drones. We Weren’t Kidding

By Ed Wytkind

Do you think it’s a problem when a commercial aircraft has to climb unexpectedly to avoid a drone or when drones get in the way of first responders who are at the scene of an emergency? In May, a passenger plane nearly collided with a drone, or unmanned aircraft system (UAS), as it was making […]

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