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Democratic Candidates Court Unions With Infrastructure Pitch

As Reported By Ken Thomas for The Wall Street Journal LAS VEGAS—Democratic presidential candidates said Sunday that the U.S. faces an urgent need to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and highways, appealing to union workers ahead of Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer courted several labor unions Sunday at […]

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Transportation Labor Releases Infrastructure Platform for 2020 Presidential Candidates

The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), is calling on 2020 presidential candidates to adopt an infrastructure policy platform that will improve quality of life for millions of working families by reinvigorating the economy, rebuilding America and creating the kinds of good, middle-class jobs we can be proud of. Investing in U.S.: A Transportation Infrastructure Platform for 2020 Presidential Candidates, released today, offers a comprehensive list of policy proposals designed to guide candidates’ priorities on infrastructure ahead of the 2020 election.

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Trump is again asking Congress to slash Amtrak funding

As Reported By Luz Lazo for The Washington Post President Trump is again asking Congress to slash federal aid to the nation’s passenger railroad by cutting funding for Amtrak, including its network in the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Washington to Boston, by more than half. Trump’s proposed 2021 budget delivered to Congress on Monday includes reductions […]

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NHTSA grants first driverless vehicle exemption

As Reported By Kristin Musulin for Smart Cities Dive Dive Brief: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Thursday announced it granted autonomous vehicle (AV) company Nuro with a temporary exemption from certain federal requirements on low-speed driverless vehicles. The exemption applies to Nuro’s R2, a zero-occupant, low-speed delivery vehicle designed to carry consumer products such […]

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NHTSA Abdicates Its Responsibility to Safety with First-Ever Safety Feature Exemption

Washington, DC —  Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to NHTSA issuing the first-ever exemptions from traditional safety features for driverless cars: “As our country continues to evaluate the potential uses for driverless vehicles, the federal government must take serious steps to ensure the testing […]

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LaHood bill would invest $20B into nation’s bridges

As Reported By Jared DuBach for Galva News WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darin LaHood on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill that would repair bridges and create jobs. The Bridge Investment Act will invest $20 billion into repairing more than 47,000 “structurally-deficient” bridges. The act will also streamline repair processes with a grant program. As a […]

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House Democrats’ Moving Forward Infrastructure Framework Offers Important Step Forward

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Moving Forward infrastructure framework released today by House Democrats: “The people who design, build, operate, and maintain America’s transportation infrastructure network know first-hand the effect decades of underinvestment has had on all of our lives. […]

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Dr. King and the Power of Unity

Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “More than 50 years after his tragic and untimely passing, the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to be a source of hope and inspiration for working people across our […]

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DOT’s AV 4.0 Read More Like Industry Promotional Material Than Serious, Thoughtful Policy

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on AV 4.0, updated automation policy released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation: “The responsible deployment of automated technology on our streets must be accompanied by a serious and thoughtful regulatory framework that hold tech companies accountable. Sadly, […]

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The impact of national ride-hailing regulations: Labor

As Reported By Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive In October, Congress discussed ways it could regulate ride-hailing on a national basis. In this two-part series, Smart Cities Dive examines the impacts of potential laws on safety and the labor force. Ride-hailing’s system of hiring independent contractors as drivers could be under threat in the wake […]

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