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Transportation labor applauds calls for PSR study, encourages GAO to move quickly

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chair Donald Payne Jr (D-NJ) for calling on the GAO to study the impacts of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) on workers, safety, […]

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State Of U.S. Infrastructure Demands Bold Action

Podcast Hosted by Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller for Bloomberg. Ed Mortimer, Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Greg Regan, President of the Transportation Trades Department for AFL-CIO, discuss the latest on infrastructure.

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In support of fair and open skies: Dangerous flag-of-convenience schemes should not fly

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the Fair and Open Skies Act, introduced today by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR): “Open Skies agreements have been successful when they promote fair competition and lift labor and safety standards for all participating nations. Those airlines […]

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Amid hyperloop, maglev hype, calls intensify to better fund Amtrak

Emerging rail technologies got their chance to shine in a congressional hearing last week, but countering them were calls to invest in Amtrak and existing rail service.

Advocates for various new travel modes — including hyperloop and maglev, some of which are still years away from becoming reality — urged greater federal investment during the second half of a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

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Uber and Lyft drivers need the PRO Act’s ‘independent contractor’ protections

The win by Uber and Lyft over their workers in a hotly contested—and expensive—California referendum last year, giving the firms absolute control over their drivers, shows the need for passing the PRO Act, says Greg Regan, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department. Enacting it would bring those and other “independent contractor” workers under federal labor law protection, he states.

Without the PRO Act, those 10.5 million independent contractors must depend on “a hodge-podge” of state and local labor laws to protect their rights, pay, and the right to organize, he told Press Associates Union News Service in a telephone interview.

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Transportation labor joins President Biden to celebrate Amtrak at 50, set bold vision for future of passenger rail

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Greg Regan, president of the 33-union Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), today joined President Joe Biden, labor union leaders, and frontline workers to mark Amtrak’s 50th anniversary, and set a bold, new vision for passenger rail in America. Together, labor leaders, Amtrak’s workers and passengers, and President Biden are calling for passage […]

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Workers Memorial Day: Remembering those we lost and fighting for a safer future

Washington, DC—Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement commemorating the 50th observance of Workers Memorial Day: “On Workers Memorial Day, as we pause to remember and honor those injured and killed at work, we are reminded in the starkest ways that safety in the workplace doesn’t simply happen. It […]

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Just transition needed in transit electrification, labor leaders say

President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan calls for a major investment in EVs and electrified transit, with a focus on what a senior administration official described as “infrastructure for the future.” But the labor groups said as public transportation agencies forge ahead with plans to electrify their vehicles, transit workers, including operators and mechanics, are not being prepared to transition to an electric future away from traditional diesel-powered vehicles.

In an interview, ATU International President John Costa said only about 3% of the group’s membership is trained on the technology and how to maintain it safely, even as agencies increasingly turn to EVs. The differences between traditional vehicles and EVs include the different personal protective equipment required to maintain them, the use of rubberized tools and the difference in motors. Operators must also be retrained, as a new style of driving is required to reduce strain on the battery from braking, he said.

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Transit Unions Announce five key policies to protect, promote workers as U.S. moves to zero-emission vehicles

Washington, DC—Today, the leaders of the unions representing America’s public transit workforce and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), laid out five key policies Congress and the federal government must follow as the U.S. seeks to reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning to zero-emission vehicles, including battery-electric buses. The policies come on the heels of […]

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Bill would create aviation response plan for pandemics and study disease transmission on airplanes

Democratic leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced legislation Thursday that would require the transportation secretary to develop an aviation-sector plan for managing disease outbreaks.

The Healthy Flights Act of 2021 — introduced by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.), the committee’s chairman; and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), the aviation subcommittee chairman — also makes clear that the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to impose requirements to protect passengers and airline workers during public health emergencies. In addition, it would require that people wear masks on airplanes and in airports, and that airline employees and some FAA personnel be given personal protective equipment during public health emergencies linked to respiratory diseases.

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