On Thursday, June 20, rail unions, including many TTD affiliates, will testify before Congress about the most pressing safety issues facing the industry and its workforce today. From recent decisions by the FRA to pressures from Wall Street that threaten safety, here is a preview of what will be discussed.
Our federal government recently prioritized the profits of the freight rail industry over safety by refusing to set standards for crew train size. The same agency — the federal railroad administration — also declared state laws that do set crew size null and void, paving the way for freight trains, which can be up to […]
The result of federal inaction and the misuse of funds is a sense that the days of doing big things are behind us. Our roads are crumbling. Our transit systems are struggling to drive strong demand. Our seaports are unequipped to accommodate growth in the movement of freight. Our airports are congested and flights are delayed. We look across the oceans at our greatest competitors and wonder why we cannot find the will to make the same investments they make in 21st century infrastructure.
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor those who lost their lives or have been injured at work. For the men and women who keep America moving, this holiday is especially poignant. Working on the frontlines of our transportation system is never without risk. Whether working with heavy equipment and […]
TTD President Larry Willis testified before the National Mediation Board (NMB) yesterday on a proposed rule specifically designed to make it easier to decertify unions in the rail and aviation sectors and to bar workers from even being able to vote for union representation for two years after decertification. Willis told the NMB – and […]
TTD President Larry I. Willis highlighted for lawmakers the ways failing to invest in our transportation system impacts real people during separate hearings before the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Commerce Committees earlier this week. Citing commuters stuck in soul-crushing commutes, families burdened by a lack of public transit options, and aviation workers who […]
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