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Rail labor unions oppose tests of Parallel Systems autonomous railcars

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Railroad labor union leaders today urged the Federal Railroad Administration to reject or at least severely restrict a proposal that would allow a pair of Genesee & Wyoming short lines to conduct intensive tests of Parallel Systems autonomous, self-propelled battery-electric freight cars.

The Heart of Georgia and Georgia Central railroads last year asked the FRA to waive a number of federal rail equipment regulations that would allow operation of Parallel’s container cars. The tests aim to prove that the technology is safe and that the equipment can coexist with conventional railroad operations. Parallel says its zero-emissions cars would allow railroads to effectively compete with trucks for short-haul moves.

At a public hearing today, FRA officials heard from Parallel, the G&W short lines, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, elected officials, and area economic development executives. They all touted the potential benefits of shifting freight off the highway to rail and encouraged the FRA to allow the tests to proceed.

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TTD Supports Strong Buy America Standards for Highway Construction

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – After years of advocacy, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced today that she successfully pushed the Biden administration to implement stronger Buy America standards for federally funded highway projects to support domestic manufacturing and create good-paying jobs. Senator Baldwin had long called for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to end the 40-year waiver […]

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Rail Labor Applauds Senate Committee Passage of REEF Act

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WASHINGTON– Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), today issued this statement after the Senate Budget Committee voted 21-0 to advance the Railroad Equity and Employment (REEF) Act, S. 1274: “As America’s largest transportation labor federation, which proudly represents rail labor unions and workers across the country, […]

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RELEASE: Following Furloughs, Rail Workers Demand Immediate Federal Inspections of BNSF Locomotives and Rail Cars

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WASHINGTON – The Shop Craft Unions at Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway are urgently calling upon the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to initiate unannounced focus inspections on all locomotives and rail cars owned and leased by BNSF Railway, and immediately issue non-compliance orders requiring BNSF to fix all found defects before being permitted to […]

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25 Years in the Labor Movement, Over 100 Years in the Making

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Shari Semelsberger’s journey at the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) began on February 8, 1999, but her roots in the labor movement date back much further. On either side, Shari’s family’s history within the American labor cause dates back to more than a century ago.  Her identity and her values are intertwined with the principles […]

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Labor Leaders Condemn Ill-Conceived Plan to Raise Pilot Retirement Age

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WASHINGTON—On the eve of a key vote in the Senate, labor leaders voiced their united opposition to a special-interest-driven proposal to raise the airline pilot retirement age in the United States. During a media call today, Capt. Jason Ambrosi, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) president; Liz Shuler, American Federation of Labor and Congress of […]

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Ahead of East Palestine Anniversary, Rail Chiefs Renew Calls for Safety Reforms

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WASHINGTON – Today, 13 rail union leaders gathered for a virtual media briefing to warn of ongoing safety threats within the freight rail industry ahead of the one-year anniversary of the toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on the evening of February 3rd. Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the […]

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TTD Supports Proposed Public Transit Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, re-introduced the Stronger Communities Through Better Transit Act, which would authorize $20 billion annually for four years ($80B total) to transit systems for their operating budgets. More than 60 of his colleagues are original cosponsors.  The bill would […]

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SAG-AFTRA and AFL-CIO Host 5th Annual Labor Innovation & Technology Summit to Empower Tomorrow’s Workforce

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LAS VEGAS — Today, the AFL-CIO, the AFL-CIO Technology Institute and SAG-AFTRA co-hosted their fifth annual Labor Innovation & Technology Summit. Across two days, the Summit convenes movement leaders and working people to discuss and develop strategies to ensure ethical technology adoption and center workers at the heart of emerging technologies. The Summit coincided with […]

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TTD Calls for Reopening of Rail Border Crossings

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WASHINGTON– Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement regarding the closure of two freight rail crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border: “As the nation’s largest transportation federation, we are proud to represent thousands of workers who move critical freight into and around the country, […]

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