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House FAA Bill Promotes Safety and Good Jobs

Washington, DC — TTD President Larry I. Willis issues this statement on H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018: “As the House prepares to consider the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, we offer our support for a bipartisan bill that enhances aviation safety and protects and promotes good middle-class jobs. We urge legislators to […]

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TTD Congratulates JetBlue Inflight Crewmembers on Historic Union Victory

Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement congratulating JetBlue inflight crewmembers on their vote to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU): “At a time when our economy favors the rich and powerful, today’s victory by JetBlue’s inflight crewmembers to join the Transport Workers Union demonstrates […]

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TTD Thanks Lipinski, Bacon for Standing up for Railroad Retirees

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement thanking Dan Lipinski and Don Bacon for standing up for railroad retirees: “We want to thank Congressmen Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Don Bacon (R-NE) for leading the effort to bring a much-needed funding increase to the Railroad Retirement Board […]

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Gateway Tunnel funding may cause another budget showdown for feds

As published by Emily Nonko in Curbed Things still do not look good for the Gateway Tunnel project, the $13 billion plan to replace the deteriorating Amtrak tunnels below the Hudson River. Since President Donald Trump took office, it’s been unclear whether his administration would honor a funding deal worked out by New York, New Jersey, and former President Obama. And now, […]

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Stop Playing Politics with Gateway Funding

“It is unfathomable that a president who campaigned on creating good jobs by rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure is threatening to upend an entire spending bill if it contains funding for one of the most important and pressing infrastructure projects in the country.”

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Statement on Senate Democrats’ Infrastructure Proposal

“At a time when the middle class is struggling and our nation’s infrastructure is on the brink of failure, the proposal released today by Sen. Schumer and Senate Democrats will rebuild America, create good jobs, and spur economic growth.”

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Driven to Ruin: Fares are scarcer for NYC cabbies and automation is on their tail

As published by Peter Rugh in The Indypendent    Morning rush hour was in full swing, yet the deafening bang that came from Douglas Schifter’s vehicle cut through the noisy clamor of New Yorkers hustling to make it to work on time. Inside a rented Nissan sedan, the 61-year-old professional driver put the barrel end […]

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Misguided Privatization of Screening Services at Orlando Airport Must be Rejected

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement about the proposal to privatize security screening at the Orlando International Airport: “The plan being considered by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to privatize its security screening operations is shortsighted and misguided. Viewed generously, this is a solution […]

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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is to Spend Less on Infrastructure

AS REPORTED BY DAVID DAYEN FOR THE NATION When he finally unveiled his infrastructure plan on Monday, President Donald Trump offered cities and states negative $40 billion. Most media accounts have described it as a $1.5 trillion deal, but the plan’s proposed $200 billion spending must be weighed against the $240 billion in cuts to […]

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Trump Dispatches His Public Works Plan to Skeptical Congress

AS REPORTED BY BLOOMBERG AND INDUSTRYWEEK STAFF FOR INDUSTRYWEEK President Donald Trump released his long-awaited proposal to upgrade roads, airports and other public works on Monday, kicking off what will likely be a tough sell in Congress with Democrats saying the plan falls short and Republicans wary of another big spending measure. The 53-page document […]

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