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Putting Disadvantaged Americans Back to Work is the American Thing to do

July 2, just two days before the anniversary of our nation’s independence, is “Buy Made in the USA” Day. During this most patriotic of American weeks, we should be celebrating the American dream — that idea that with a little hard work, anyone can build a solid, middle-class lifestyle for themselves and their family. Instead, […]

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Shelve Transportation Jobs Bill Until Fast Track Legislation is Completed? No Thanks

So now putting thousands of Americans at risk of more job-killing trade deals is more important than passing a surface transportation bill that puts hundreds of thousands to work? It appears for some the answer is yes. Of course, for the rest of us that is an absurd proposition. Congress should not even take up […]

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Preview of 2015 Public Transit Agenda

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

In a saner world, these would be the glory days for public transit in the U.S. The high stakes of hopeless congestion and changing commuter preferences combined with remarkable technological advances have created an environment in which a robustly funded, state-of-the art public transit network could be at the center of our modern economy. But […]

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New Year, New Tune on Gas Tax

After years of dysfunction in DC, we may finally be having a moment of clarity on the need to tackle our nation’s shameful infrastructure financing deficit. Spurred by low gas prices and a Highway Trust Fund (yet again) facing insolvency in a few short months, leaders on both sides of the aisle spent the first […]

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Ed Wytkind’s Acceptance Speech at The City of Justice Awards Dinner

  Learn more about Ed’s acceptance of LAANE’s City of Justice Awards here.

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Jobs to Move America in Al-Jazeera America: Putting Our Transit Dollars to Work

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Each year, public transportation agencies spend $5.4 billion on buses and trains. That represents an enormous investment of our taxpayer dollars, but in the absence of common-sense procurement reforms much of it ends up going to companies that manufacture components abroad. Together with the Jobs to Move America coalition, TTD has been working to change […]

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Launching a New Era in Job Creation

Did you miss TTD’s president, Ed Wytkind, on the Rick Smith Show last week? If so, never fear: we’ve got the interview here on our blog. Tune in to hear Ed discuss where the billions of dollars we spend replacing our aging railcars and buses ends up, and how TTD, along with the Jobs to […]

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Chicago’s Game-Changing American Jobs Plan

Over the past decade, U.S. transit agencies have spent an estimated $50 billion in taxpayer money to buy railcars and buses – a huge investment that should have produced tens of thousands of good American manufacturing jobs. But few of those jobs ever materialized, simply because manufacturing companies have been awarded contracts with minimal consideration […]

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One Year after Tragic Lac-Megantic Accident a Reminder of Unfinished Business

This week marks the one year anniversary of a tragic rail accident – a runaway train carrying 72 cars of crude ran into Lac-Megantic, Quebec killing 47 people and demolishing an entire town.  While millions of carloads and containers traverse the country safely each year, too many accidents have occurred lately both in the freight […]

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Boehner-Cantor-McCarthy Plan Just Another Messaging Bill

How bad is the proposal by House Republican leaders to fix the Highway Trust Fund’s shortfall by eliminating Saturday mail service?  Consider this: 26 unions representing hundreds of thousands of transportation workers today announced their vociferous opposition to the plan. To be sure these unions believe that stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund is a major […]

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