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Court Decision Upholds New Rules for Rail and Airline Union Elections

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today in response to a decision in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, rejecting the Air Transport Association’s attempt to overturn new National Mediation Board (NMB) rules governing union elections: “With today’s court decision, tens of […]

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National Journal Blog – Save Jobs and Preserve Services

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[As posted on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog] Sen. Dodd’s emergency operating assistance legislation will save thousands of jobs and preserve public transit services for millions of riders. Thousands of transit workers won’t keep earning a paycheck without help. But the impact is far greater than just those who work for America’s transit systems. Without […]

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Transit Emergency Funding Bill to Save Jobs, Preserve Service

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement regarding S. 3412, The Public Transportation Preservation Act, legislation introduced by Senator Chris Dodd and seven co-sponsors.  The bill will provide $2 billion in emergency operational funding for America’s transit systems: “This legislation will keep thousands of people […]

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FBI Database Needs Fixing to Ensure Employment

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More Than 50 percent of FBI Records Incomplete or Inaccurate, AG Says WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement regarding H.R. 5300, legislation introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott that will improve the employment background check system:   “An incomplete and error-riddled criminal database cannot be the […]

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Editorial on NMB Change in Huffington Post

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Today, a longstanding injustice was rectified.  After decades of operating within a system that is rigged against them, airline and rail workers have gained a right that most of us take for granted—the right to vote in elections where the majority of those participating wins.  After lengthy consideration, the National Mediation Board (NMB), which governs […]

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Greater Fairness Comes to Airline and Rail Union Elections

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WASHINGTON, DC – Transportation unions applaud the announcement today by the National Mediation Board (NMB) that it has amended union election procedures in the airline and rail industry to make them fairer and more consistent with democratic norms. “In too many instances, airline and rail workers were denied the ability to bargain collectively because of […]

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Transportation Unions Applaud Senate Passage of FAA Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement upon Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill: “Transportation labor praises the Senate for moving us a step closer to enactment of a multi-year FAA bill that addresses the nation’s mounting aviation needs.  A vital component […]

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National Journal Blog – What should the gas tax pay for? In a word, transportation.

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[As posted by Ed Wytkind on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog] What should the gas tax pay for? In a word, transportation. Contrary to The Washington Post’s misguided editorial today, the gas tax must exclusively fund the expansion and maintenance of America’s transit and highway systems. Given our surface transportation network’s current state of disrepair and the […]

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Chairman Oberstar Receives TTD 20th Anniversary Congressional Award

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ORLANDO, FL – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement after having honored Rep. James Oberstar with the organization’s 20th Anniversary Congressional Award: “As transportation workers in America go to work every day, we are proud to have a champion in Chairman Oberstar. As an architect of much […]

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Transportation Trades Department Outlines Agenda in 20th Anniversary Meeting

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Executive Committee Members are Joined by DOT Sec. LaHood, Rep. Oberstar, and   AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Orlando, FL – Transportation union leaders gathered Sunday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and to discuss their agenda for the upcoming year. Joined by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, House Transportation and Infrastructure […]

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