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New NMB Rule Undermines Aviation and Rail Workers

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the National Mediation Board (NMB) releasing a final rule specifically designed to make it easier to decertify unions in the rail and aviation sectors: “The NMB’s rule is an attempt by government officials to hand even […]

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House bill targets ‘flag of convenience’ carriers

By Brooke Payne

As Reported By Ashley Halsey III for The Washington Post Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on Wednesday would prevent the United States from issuing permits to foreign airlines that could undermine this country’s safety and labor standards. The legislation is aimed at a practice known as using a “flag of convenience,” when a carrier […]

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Nearby states raise gas tax as Whitmer road plan idles

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LANG FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Gov. Gretchen Whitmer so far has been unsuccessful in her bid to increase the state’s gas tax to help fix crumbling roads, but several states, including nearby Ohio and Illinois, hiked their fuel levies this week.

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Airline Labor To Regulators: Why Do Foreign Repair Stations Have Lower Standards?

AS REPORTED BY TED REED FOR FORBES Four top airline industry labor leaders have written to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, asking that safety standards at foreign aircraft maintenance facilities be enhanced to the same level that domestic maintenance stations meet.

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Aircraft Mechanics Push DOT On Foreign Repair Station Oversight

AS REPORTED BY BEN GOLDSTEIN FOR AVIATION WEEKLY Four unions representing U.S. aviation safety inspectors and mechanics wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the department to implement three long-delayed Congressional directives intended to boost oversight of foreign repair stations that work on U.S. aircraft.

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Airline unions take aim at foreign repair stations

AS REPORTED BY EVAN HOOPFER FOR THE DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL Two unions that represent American Airlines mechanics were among a group that penned a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao expressing concern about foreign repair stations. The group of transportation unions is concerned about three issues: drug and alcohol testing, security screening for safety-sensitive personnel and oversight at aircraft repair stations.

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Union leaders criticize precision scheduled railroading

By Brooke Payne

As Reported By Joanna Marsh for Freight Waves The implementation of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) has contributed to dwindling morale and could result in creating unsafe working conditions should the federal government withhold intervention, according to union witnesses at a June 20th Congressional hearing on rail safety. “If [the rail industry] is left to self-regulate, the PSR […]

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FRA’s Decision on Crew Size Undermines Rail Safety

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision not to regulate crew size and to preempt current state laws that require two-person crews:  “The FRA’s announcement that it will pull back a proposed rule to require two-person crews on […]

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FTA Fails to Protect Transit Workers from Violent Assaults

Washington DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to today’s notice from the Federal Transit Administration, abdicating their statutory responsibility to stop assaults against transit workers: “America’s public transportation workforce is in the midst of a national crisis. Thousands of bus operators and other transit […]

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Trump Missed Opportunity to Show Visionary Leadership on Infrastructure

Larry Willis, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to today’s failed infrastructure meeting between President Trump and Congressional leaders: “President Trump sidestepped a critical opportunity to show the visionary leadership needed to rebuild this country and secure America’s standing as a global, economic leader. By putting politics before […]

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