July 31, 2023 The Honorable Patty Murray Chair Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Washington DC 20510 The Honorable Susan Collins Vice Chair Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Washington DC 20510 The Honorable Kay Granger Chairwoman Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Washington DC 20510 The Honorable Rosa DeLauro Ranking Member Committee on Appropriations […]
July 26, 2023 The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chair House Committee on Energy and Commerce The Honorable Frank Pallone, Jr., Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce The Honorable Gus Bilirakis, Chair Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce The Honorable Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce Dear Chair McMorris Rodgers, Ranking Member […]
July 19, 2023 Dear Representative: As the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in Aviation Act moves to the House floor, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) outlines our positions on pending amendments below. Please note that the amendment number is listed first as it appeared in the Rules Committee and second as it appears for […]
July 18, 2023 Dear Senator, The undersigned labor organizations representing workers write to urge that you oppose any change to the statutory pilot retirement age as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation considers deliberation of an FAA reauthorization bill. Raising the retirement age to be in noncompliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) […]
July 17, 2023 Dear Senator, On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), representing 37 labor unions across all modes of transportation, we urge you to oppose Senate Amendment 265, led by Senator Risch, that would eliminate Ship American “cargo preference” rules that are essential to our U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S.-flag shipping industry. […]
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Speaker U.S. House of Representatives H-232, the Capitol Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries Democratic Leader U.S. House of Representatives H-204, the Capitol Washington, DC 20515 July 14, 2023 Dear Speaker McCarthy and Leader Jeffries, The undersigned labor organizations representing airline workers write to urge that you allow for a […]
Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I’m writing to express our serious concerns about the drastic cuts to transportation programs in the House Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Subcommittee’s FY24 bill. Although TTD commends the inclusion of much-needed investments in FAA’s operations and maintenance budget to […]
On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the totality of rail labor as represented by our affiliated unions, I write to request that Congress provide Amtrak with $3.65 billion in the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 appropriations bill. That level is consistent with Congress’ authorized level in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Providing Amtrak with this level of funding will ensure that our national passenger rail system has the staffing and operating capacity necessary to maintain current service and move forward with the BIL’s generational investments.
Amtrak’s overall financial performance in FY2022 improved significantly, continuing its trend of recovery since the COVID-19 pandemic. Total ridership in the seven-month period ending on April 30th was 84% of 2019 levels and ticket revenues were 95% of 2019 levels. Ridership on certain routes in states like Virginia is at an all-time high. Responding to increased demand, Amtrak hired roughly 3,700 new employees in FY2022 and is working to hire more than 4,000 employees in FY2023 so it can start or expand rail service in many states. Now is the time for Congress to help Amtrak continue to build on this progress, not undermine it.
As representatives of the freight and passenger railroad industry and the highly-trained, hardworking railroad workforce, we urge you to support the swift passage of H.R.2785/S.1274, the Railroad Employee Equity and Fairness Act (REEF Act). This common-sense, bipartisan bill would eliminate sequester cuts to railroad unemployment and sickness benefits that have unfairly short-changed railroad workers and their families for over a decade.
Railroad workers play a critical role in keeping the passenger and freight rail network safe and our economy moving. They deserve to access the full value of the benefits they have earned. Currently, Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) benefits are the only federal unemployment insurance and sickness benefits program subject to sequestration. Every other American’s unemployment, disability, or sickness benefits are not subject to the same cuts.
June 14, 2023 Dear Senator: On behalf of the undersigned labor organizations representing tens of thousands of aviation employees, we write to urge you to vote in favor of the amendment Klobuchar 1 during the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Executive Committee mark up tomorrow. Transportation workers know all too well the consequences of predatory business […]