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The Coronavirus crisis reminds us that safe work places don’t just happen – they are fought for

Frontline workers across our economy are putting their lives on the line as they step up to serve our country and their communities and our time of need. These heroes deserve to know they are protected at work, and they need the federal government to fulfill its responsibility to them to ensure their safety, and the safety of their families and passengers.

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National Transit Workforce Training Act of 2020 Comes at Critical Juncture for Public Transportation Workers

For too long, federal policy has failed to support the training needs of America’s frontline transit and commuter rail workforces — a need that is more important than ever in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the efforts and leadership of Reps. Anthony Brown (D-MD) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), we now have an […]

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Transit Workers are Heroes and they Deserve Protection, Too

By Larry I. Willis

Many transit workers still do not have the personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, or adequate direction from their employers to ensure their health and safety, or the health and safety of their families. In cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, or Detroit, transit workers are literally putting their lives on the line to keep America moving. These workers are becoming sick and, in some cases, tragically dying at alarming rates.

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VIDEO: TTD to Congress: Funding Alone Won’t Solve Public Transit Challenges

Bringing the perspective of nearly 400,000 frontline workers who build, operate, and maintain our nation’s transit systems to the Senate Banking Committee’s hearing on transit reauthorization earlier this week, TTD President Larry Willis called on lawmakers to both increase investments in public transportation and support legislative solutions that would secure good, safe jobs in this sector.

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Airline Catering Workers Are Fed Up with Poverty Wages and Unaffordable Health Care

Imagine having to choose between health insurance for your sick child or paying for basic expenses, like bills and groceries. It’s a choice that feels nearly impossible. Yet, thanks to a perverse business model used by some of the world’s largest and most profitable airlines, that difficult choice is a reality too many airline workers […]

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Florida Bus Driver Stabbings Put Renewed Spotlight on Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act

The attack against Prophete is the second high-profile violent incident involving a bus driver in Tampa this year. In May, driver Thomas Dunn was murdered in an unprovoked attack while driving along his regular route.

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Video: TTD to Congress: Protect and Invest in Amtrak’s Future

TTD’s rail unions represent frontline workers across America’s passenger rail network, including those who operate trains, maintain and repair equipment, provide quality customer service both on and off-board, and who construct facilities. There is no one who knows Amtrak like these men and women, and you will not find a greater advocate for passenger rail […]

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Video: TTD to Congress: Lawmakers Must Hold Ride-hailing Industry Accountable

While testifying before the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit last week, TTD president Larry Willis highlighted the exploitive business model found in the ride-hailing industry and urged lawmakers to hold companies like Uber, Lyft, and Via accountable. Larry’s remarks centered around a report released by TTD which found the ride-hailing industry’s relatively affordable and […]

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Business Insider — There’s an easy way for Washington to fend off a recession and help thousands of Americans

By Larry I. Willis

There are immediate steps lawmakers can take to both buffer against fear of an economic slowdown and rebalance America’s economy in favor of working people. Chief among them: massive investments in our transportation system and infrastructure.

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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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