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White House Blocks Masks On Public Transportation And TSA Waves Unmasked Passengers Through Security

As Reported by Ted Reed for Forbes
That reluctance is unsurprising, said John Samuelsen, president of the Transport Workers Union, which represents 150,000 transport workers including about 65,000 employed in the airline industry. On Oct. 9, the U.S. Department of Transportation rejected a petition from the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO to require masks for passengers on commercial passenger transportation. The federal agencies “won’t step up,” Samuelsen said Wednesday. “They won’t create an across the board mandate on anything related to Covid-19 related safety measures or worker protection.”

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Halted stimulus talks undercut already ailing airlines and transit systems

As Reported By Lori Aratani and Michael Laris For the Washington Post
Advocates of federal aid to keep 33,000 airline employees on the job lobbied for months, sending thousands of letters and donning protective masks to walk the halls of Congress. And it appeared to be working, garnering bipartisan backing and support from President Trump, who just last month said: “We’ll be helping the airlines.”

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Trump Admin Rejects Transit Mask Mandate, Endangering Transport — Again

As Reported By Kea Wilson For Streetsblog USA
The Trump administration rejected a plea to require masks on public transit nationwide on Friday — and then immediately kicked the mostly urban-based industry when it was down by halting negotiations on a relief deal that would have provided agencies with the windfall they need to survive.

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U.S. DOT rejects federal mask mandate on public transit

Reported By Erik Bascome for SiLive.Com
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has rejected pleas from transit workers to require masks on all forms of public transportation.
On Friday, the DOT sent a letter to the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO labor federation rejecting the union’s request from earlier this year to implement a mask mandate on all DOT-approved, commercial public transportation.

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President Trump’s Decision to End COVID-19 negotiations is Reckless and Irresponsible

Washington, DC — Earlier today, President Trump decided to end COVID-19 relief negotiations until after the election — a move that will harm working people, including those on the frontlines of our transportation system. TTD President Larry Willis issues this statement in response: “By walking away from Congressional COVID-19 relief negotiations, President Trump is abdicating […]

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Biden says Trump is ‘responsible’ for getting coronavirus

As reported by USA Today

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Trump Administration Rejected a Mask Mandate on the Day Trump Was Hospitalized for Covid-19

As reported by Andy Kroll for Rolling Stone: WASHINGTON — In a little-noticed ruling on Friday evening, the Trump administration rejected a petition by a coalition of labor unions that had asked the federal government to require passengers to wear masks on airplanes, trains, and other major forms of transportation.

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A U.S. senator kept taking off his mask on a Delta flight, raising questions about safety oversight

As reported by Michael Laris and Lori Aratani for The Washington Post: The chairman of the Senate committee that oversees airlines and U.S. transportation policy had his mask off for extended periods on a Delta flight to Mississippi on Thursday night, according to another passenger, and the company said he had to be reminded twice by a flight attendant to follow the airline’s mask requirement.

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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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