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Opposition to Nomination of Diana Furchtgott-Roth

Washington, DC – Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement opposing the nomination of Diana Furchtgott-Roth to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Research and Technology: “Frontline transportation workers need leaders in Washington who will pursue policies that promote safety, encourage and empower working people to join together, […]

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Transit Unions Are Drawing Up a Plan to Confront Autonomous Vehicles

AS REPORTED BY BRIAN MERCHANT FOR GIZMODO As institutional embrace of automation continues to create a mounting threat to existing jobs, unions are formally taking note. Last year, the largest Las Vegas service workers union organized a strike partly over casinos’ plans to embrace automated systems, and the union won language in the resulting contract that included protections against automation. 2018 also saw bus drivers protest against the prospect of Ohio adopting driverless buses.

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FRA Rejects KCSR’s Scheme to Outsource Brake Inspections to Mexico; Must Also Stop Cross-Border Crews that Avoid Safety Standards

Washington, DC – Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Federal Railroad Administration rejecting a request from Kansas City Southern Railway to conduct safety-sensitive brake tests in Mexico: “We learned yesterday that the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) denied a request by Kansas City Southern […]

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Transportation Labor Announces Eight Key Policies to Promote Safety, Protect Transit Jobs In Era of Automation

Washington, DC — Calling on Congress and the Trump Administration to take seriously threats posed by automation, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), today laid out eight principles for promoting safety, protecting the livelihoods of transit operators, and ensuring public policy can adapt with the rapid pace of technological innovation. The policies come as workers […]

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Transportation Unions Eye Infrastructure Investment, Worker Safety, and AV Policy in 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana — Transportation labor leaders set an aggressive agenda focused on protecting frontline workers from new and sustained threats, improving workplace safety, and strengthening America’s transportation network today at the Executive Committee meeting of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD). The gathering comes as working people are pushing back against attacks on their […]

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This Never Should Have Happened

Washington, DC – Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response a deal reached between Congress and President Trump to re-open the government for three weeks: “While we are pleased 800,000 federal workers and their families will get a temporary reprieve from this nightmare, shuttering the government […]

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Aviation Labor Unions Highlight Growing Safety, Security Concerns as Shutdown Drags On

Washington, DC — Last night, aviation labor unions under the umbrella of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), convened an emergency meeting to highlight the compounding threats to safety and security the government shutdown is having on the national airspace system. Presidents of both public and private sector unions, including the American Federation of Government […]

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Shutdown squeezes every part of air travel

The government shutdown is fraying U.S. air travel in ways big and small, not just spawning long security lines at some airports but canceling some pilot training, delaying purchases of bag-scanning equipment and preventing some companies from adding new planes.

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Travel and the Partial Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know Now

As Published by Paul Metselaar in Inc. The partial government shutdown that began on December 22 has passed the previous record of 21 days to become the longest government closure in U.S. history. The partial shutdown is now well into its fourth week, and roughly 800,000 federal workers, approximately half of whom have been furloughed and half of whom have been deemed essential and are called to work, have now missed a paycheck.

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Government shutdown is affecting airport operations, slowing funding for CTA projects

As reported by Mary Wisniewski for the Chicago Tribune. The continuing government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history, is starting to affect airport operations and has cut the flow of federal money to transit agencies, including the CTA.

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