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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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Shutdown increasing corporate travel risks

As reported by Michael B. Baker for Travel Weekly. As the U.S. government shutdown turned three weeks old, the odds of tangible and lasting effects on the travel community — disrupted trips or, even worse, security risks — are getting higher.

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TTD Welcomes Railroad Retirement Board Members Commends Walt Barrows’ Service

Washington, D.C. — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement:  “On behalf of our member unions, I want to congratulate the newest members of the Railroad Retirement Board confirmed by the Senate last night – Chairman Erhard R. Chorle, Management Member Thomas Jayne, and Labor Member John […]

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Government Workers Are Not Political Pawns

Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to a partial government shutdown: “Failing to fund nine federal agencies is nothing to boast about. The latest partial shutdown of our government will directly impact millions of federal workers, place a strain on our nation’s […]

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DOT Automation Policy Fails to Address Important Worker and Safety Issues

Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following the release of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Automated Vehicles 3.0 policy on October 4, 2018: “With the release of the Automated Vehicles 3.0 policy, we see leaders in Washington once again charging toward an automated future […]

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Transportation Labor Supports Congressional Agreement on FAA Reauthorization

Washington, DC – Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018: “Transportation labor applauds leaders in the House and Senate for crafting bipartisan legislation that provides needed stability for our nation’s aviation system, strengthens safety, and supports investments that will […]

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Transportation Labor Leaders Build on Pro-Worker Momentum

Washington, DC — The Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), gathered today to set an aggressive agenda focused on creating and sustaining the kind of good jobs working families want and need by strengthening America’s transportation network and improving workplace safety. This meeting comes at a time when stagnating wages, a changing […]

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TTD Applauds AFA’s Efforts to Combat Extreme Airline Temperatures

Washington, D.C. — Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) launch of the 2Hot2Cold App and release of petitions to DOT on extreme airline temperatures: “Extreme heat and cold on aircrafts is a health and safety issue that poses serious risks for […]

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TTD Applauds Jennifer Homendy’s Confirmation to Safety Board

Washington, D.C. — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Jennifer Homendy to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): “Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Jennifer Homendy as one of the newest members of the National Transportation Safety Board. Few who work in transportation […]

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