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US Department of Transportation rejected mask mandate on public transportation

As reported by Alexandra Kelly for The Hill: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected a petition from a labor union Friday that would issue a departmentwide mandate requiring all passengers on DOT-approved transportation to wear masks, underscoring the lack of universal health protocols deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic by the federal government.

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The Department of Transportation rejected a public transit mask mandate on the same day Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis was revealed

As Reported by John L. Dorman for Business Insider: The US Department of Transportation on Friday turned down a petition by a group of labor unions who sought a federal mask requirement for passengers riding on major modes of transit, including airplanes, buses, trains.

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On the Day POTUS Tests Positive for COVID-19, U.S. DOT Rejects Mask Mandate for All Commercial, Public Transportation

Washington, DC – On Friday evening — the same day that President Trump, the First Lady, and at least three U.S. Senators all tested positive for the novel Coronavirus — the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected a petition by the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and our 33 member unions, for an emergency order […]

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Updated HEROES Act Provides the Financial Lifeline Transportation Workers Need and Deserve

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the updated HEROES Act introduced yesterday by U.S. House of Representatives Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “The updated Heroes Act provides important and timely financial relief that our nation’s transportation workforce, and the critical systems they build, operate, […]

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Congress should reject misguided self-driving vehicle legislation

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) issues this statement opposing the SELF DRIVE Act: “The SELF DRIVE Act, which is designed to facilitate the early deployment of self-driving vehicles on our roads, fails to adequately address the long-term impacts this technology will have on American workers and safety. […]

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Statement on Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020

Unless Congress acts now, hundreds of thousands of transportation workers will be forced into unemployment on October 1, sending our economy reeling. These workers are doing their jobs and keeping our country moving through this economic and public health crisis. Now they need Congress to do their jobs by passing this PSP extension along with other vital economic relief.

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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement: “Today, as we mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we pause to reflect on the life, career, and legacy of one of the greatest jurists of our time. “Justice Ginsburg was a pioneer in her field who […]

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Senate was right to reject McConnell’s ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill

We applaud the senators who stood in clear opposition to Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s so-called ‘skinny’ coronavirus relief bill. The mere mention of a ‘skinny’ response to this crisis is an affront to the American people, and lawmakers were right to reject it.

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Saluting Transportation Workers on Labor Day

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) issues this statement honoring working people on Labor Day: “As our nation pauses to celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of working people, we cannot ignore the realities of the crisis we face. This week, the United States surpassed 6 million confirmed cases […]

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Amtrak Layoffs Unacceptable and Avoidable

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following Amtrak’s announcement of furloughs beginning October 1: “For more than 40 years, Amtrak – powered by a dedicated and skilled workforce —has provided reliable, efficient passenger rail service to communities across this country. Now, facing a crisis unlike any […]

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