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Amtrak’s Dedicated Workforce Deserves Better

By Larry I. Willis

Amtrak may claim its decisions are based on numbers, but it sure looks like this carrier is trying to undermine unions and outsource good jobs to low-wage workers. Frankly, Amtrak’s workforce deserves better.

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Infrastructure Matters. It’s time to get serious about funding it.

By Larry I. Willis

Raising funds for infrastructure falls under the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee. They’ve put together subcommittees to focus on many of our major national needs: health care, social security, tax policy, trade, and so on. But when it comes to infrastructure, that hasn’t been the case.

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FRA, Frontline Rail Workers Shine Light on Rail Crossing Safety

Each year, hundreds of Americans are seriously injured or killed by locomotives when they intentionally or accidentally wander onto tracks or drive into the path of oncoming trains. While much has been done in the last two decades to mitigate these fatalities, it is clear more must be done to ensure rail grade crossing and […]

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Larry Willis on America’s Workforce Radio: Outsourcing Freight Rail Jobs and Undermining Safety is a Mistake

This summer, the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) allowed the freight carrier Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) to operate freight trains in the United States with crews from Mexico. TTD President Larry I. Willis joined America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc to discuss this concerning decision, and its implications, in a recent interview. The decision […]

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Freight Rail Safety, Jobs Must Not be Jeopardized in Pursuit of Profits

By Larry I. Willis

There is little disagreement among lawmakers, frontline workers, government agencies, and even rail carriers themselves that freight rail in this country must be held to the highest safety standards and oversight rules. Yet, as we speak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is allowing foreign crews, originating in Mexico, to operate in the U.S. without assurances […]

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Labor Day Reminds Us That America Needs Unions

By Larry I. Willis

Labor Day 2018 marks a pivotal moment for working people in this country. Sustained, coordinated attacks on the rights of working families to have a union voice have led to one of the greatest wealth gaps in our nation’s history. Stagnating wages for workers means that while tens of millions of Americans are forced to […]

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The facts are clear: The U.S. needs the Jones Act

As the calendar flips towards hurricane season, communities along the coasts are getting ready to tackle dangerous storms and surging flood waters. Yet while many are thinking of ways to make their community safer and stronger, the usual suspects are preparing to use these natural disasters as an excuse to trot out the same tired, […]

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Senators Have an Opportunity To Pass FAA Reauthorization That Prioritizes Safety and Workers’ Rights. They Should Act On It.

Chairman John Thune (R-ND) announced the Senate will take-up FAA Reauthorization over the next few weeks – potentially good news for aviation workers. But the details of this bill matter and are still being worked out by Senate leaders. If done right, FAA Reauthorization can and should advance important safety priorities, protect U.S. jobs from […]

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The Hill — Americans need passenger rail that serves entire nation — not just the East and West coasts

By Larry I. Willis

While right-wing think tanks and anti-government ideologues have always criticized Amtrak’s long-distance routes, questions are now being raised about whether or not Amtrak itself supports a national system.

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Improvements Must be Made to the Opioid Abuse in Transportation bill

As part of the Congressional response to our nation’s opioid crisis, the Senate Commerce Committee passed the Fighting Opioid Abuse in Transportation Act last week. There is no question that drug and alcohol abuse has no place on our roads, rail networks, aviation system, or in maritime commerce, and  transportation labor is committed to that […]

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