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Amtrak’s Acela to Make Comeback, Riders or Not

As reported by Ted Mann in the Wall Street Journal   WASHINGTON—Amtrak plans to restart its Acela express service between Washington and Boston on June 1, a first step in the national railroad’s return from a near-shutdown after the coronavirus crushed rider demand nationwide. But how soon riders might return is an open question, Amtrak […]

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Mass transit officials ask feds for $33B to cover coronavirus losses. They already got $26B.

As reported by Larry Higgs at NJ.com Transit officials, including those from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia agencies, joined others to ask for $33 billion in the next CARES act to help them recover financially and resume full service when the coronavirus pandemic ends. Officials representing five transit agencies and three transit unions made the request during a […]

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By Turning CARES Act Grants into Loans, Treasury Department is Hurting Aviation Industry and Frontline Workers

Washington, DC – The leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Transport Workers Union (TWU), UNITE HERE, and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issue this joint statement in response to the […]

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Rail labor groups seek federal oversight on temporary waivers

As reported by Joanna Marsh in Freight Waves. The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO is asking Administrator Ron Batory of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to ensure that the freight railroads are using furloughed workers first before seeking a waiver to be exempt from safety-related regulations. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, FRA had declared emergency relief provisions […]

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Hit Hard by Covid-19, Transit Workers Call for Shutdowns

As reported by Laura Bliss in CityLab. The life of a transit worker was never easy in the United States. Then along came coronavirus. To enable the livelihoods of other essential workers, thousands of bus drivers, track repairers, yard masters, cleaners and others are still showing up to their jobs amid the pandemic. But the […]

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Rail labor groups seek federal oversight on temporary waivers

As reported by Yahoo! Finance. The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO is asking Administrator Ron Batory of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to ensure that the freight railroads are using furloughed workers first before seeking a waiver to be exempt from safety-related regulations. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, FRA had declared emergency relief provisions be available, which […]

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How Labor Unions Won Historic Pay Protection For Aviation Workers

As Reported By Ted Reed for Forbes   As Congress prepares to approve a $2 trillion stimulus bill to mitigate the financial impact of the corona virus, airline labor unions appear to have achieved unprecedented success in extending its protections to their workers. The bill provides $31 billion in direct grants to pay as many […]

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Lawmakers Can Stand with Working Families by Passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the CARES Act: “We call on lawmakers in Washington to stand with working people by passing the CARES Act. This vital piece of legislation will provide desperately needed support to workers and their families, and ensure our economy […]

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Aviation Aid Must Come with Conditions that Put Workers First

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement as lawmakers consider emergency financial aid to airlines, and as airlines advocate for ‘minimum conditions’ on such aid: “For weeks, TTD and our aviation unions have been calling on immediate aid to the airline industry in order to pay […]

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Betting on a Big Bailout

As Reported By Andrew Soergel for U.S. News & World Report CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT bailouts are growing louder across industries as the coronavirus pandemic and Americans’ self-isolation response grinds domestic economic activity to a standstill. Bailouts have traditionally been thorny subjects on Capitol Hill, but President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing lawmakers to prop up industries […]

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