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Transportation Labor Applauds Confirmation of Walt Barrows to Railroad Retirement Board

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today in reaction to Senate confirmation of Walter A. Barrows as Labor Member on the Railroad Retirement Board: “Transportation labor commends the U.S. Senate for confirming Walt Barrows to serve on the Railroad Retirement Board. With Mr. Barrows’ arrival […]

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Stalemates on FAA, Surface Transportation Bills Imperil the Economy, Undermine Safety

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement following last night’s Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and surface transportation funding extensions that averted a partial shutdown of the FAA: “Last night the Senate averted another partial shut-down of the FAA by passing a […]

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Transportation Security Challenges Remain on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

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Washington, D.C. – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States: “As we pause to remember the innocent victims of the horrific terrorist attacks on America 10 years ago today, we are reminded of all […]

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President Obama Engages Nation on the Need to Expand and Modernize Our Transportation System

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offered the following statement in reaction to the President’s speech to the nation last night:  “The President last night engaged our nation on the continuing need to use billions in new transportation investments as an engine for job creation and economic prosperity.  […]

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Saluting Transportation Workers on Labor Day

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in anticipation of Labor Day 2011:   “Labor Day reminds us of the contributions of working people to our economy and to the lives of all Americans.  It also serves as a reminder – during this time of unacceptably […]

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Congress Must Not Go on Summer Vacation Before Funding our Aviation System

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offered the following statement regarding the urgency of passing a funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration: “At this moment, 4,000 aviation workers are not collecting a paycheck and more than 70,000 construction workers’ jobs are at risk because Congress is playing […]

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House GOP Leaders Play Politics with Aviation Safety Programs, Place Thousands of Good Jobs at Risk

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Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offered the following statement regarding the possible shut down of the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, July 22: “Here we go again. House Republican Leaders are playing political games at the expense of vital services and thousands of good jobs – only this time they […]

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House Highway-Transit Bill Outline Must Be Rejected

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offered the following statement regarding the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee leadership-proposed outline of a 6-year surface transportation bill: “The outline proposed today describes the worst highway and transit funding bill in modern history. Historically, committee leaders from both sides of the […]

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National Journal Blog – Privatization Will Bankrupt Amtrak

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[As posted by Ed Wytkind on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog] To the question of whether or not this is the same old debate, the answer is yes. The purpose of running a national passenger rail system isn’t to enrich Wall Street and wealthy investors by handing them one of the nation’s most prized and […]

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Congress Should Reject Mica-Shuster Legislation to Break-Up and Privatize National Amtrak System

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), today testified before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the House of Representatives about legislation proposed by Reps. John Mica and Bill Shuster that would privatize Amtrak. Here are some excerpts from Wytkind’s statement before the committee: “The Mica-Shuster bill would decimate […]

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