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BNSF Request to Outsource Train Safety Inspections Must be Rejected

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement regarding BNSF Railway Company’s request for a U.S. government waiver to have their trains inspected in Mexico. TTD today also submitted official comments to the Department of Transportation in response to BNSF’s request. “There are key functions in […]

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Congress Should Reject Bills to Kill High Speed Rail Investments and Jobs

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement regarding legislation to kill funding for the high speed rail program in the wake of efforts by the Governors-elect in Ohio and Wisconsin to derail these jobs-creating rail initiatives in their states: “With today’s jobless report showing almost […]

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National Journal Blog – Owed a Debt of Gratitude

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As posted on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog With the upcoming departure of Jim Oberstar, Congress – and I dare say – the nation is losing a national treasure, a leader whose resume is trumped only by his character, resiliency and incredible commitment to service. Among many giants in the Congress, Jim Oberstar is the […]

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National Journal Blog – Time to Think Big

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As posted on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog At the President’s Columbus Day meeting, I was proud to be at a White House that wants to transform the way we think about and invest in transportation. President Obama is thinking big, and his commitment to expanding and rebuilding America’s transportation network is going to be […]

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Transportation Investments: We Need to Think Big

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by Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO   Last week, I was proud to be at a White House that wants to dramatically increase investments in our transportation systems and sees them as a solution to an economy still stuck in neutral. In the meeting he hosted, President Obama articulated his commitment […]

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Transportation Labor Joins President Obama’s Call to Rebuild Transportation System, Put Millions to Work

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement following a meeting today with President Obama, Secretary Geithner, Secretary LaHood, and a number of governors and mayors about building the support needed to move a significant transportation investment initiative forward: “The President today has transformed the debate […]

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Coast Guard Bill Helps Workers

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WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement praising last night’s passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010: “We are pleased that the House and Senate have passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act that includes several important reforms that will improve the work environment […]

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Woerth Confirmed for ICAO

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WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement praising last night’s Senate confirmation of Duane Woerth as U.S. Ambassador of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): “Duane Woerth will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ICAO.  For decades Woerth has demonstrated his deep understanding […]

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National Journal Blog – Further Delay is Not an Option

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[As posted on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog] After three years of delay and 16 short-term funding extensions, only a few legislative days remain for Congress to act on FAA Reauthorization this year. The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions are urging the Senate to pass the FAA bill before adjournment. The traveling […]

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Senate Rejects Isakson Resolution to Kill Democracy in Airline and Rail Union Elections

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in response to a resolution of disapproval that proposed throwing out the National Mediation Board’s amended election rules for airline and rail union elections: “We’re pleased that a resolution to kill democracy in the workplace was voted down by […]

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