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Airline unions work to attach employee-friendly conditions to coronavirus bailout

As Reported By Andrew Keiper for Fox News Amid a sharp decline in revenue, airline unions and advocates are working in tandem to lobby the government for a financial bailout that will keep the industry afloat and ensure workers receive direct compensation and benefits. The Department of Treasury has circulated a three-stage stimulus package that would include […]

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Planes, trains and motorcoaches seek bailouts as virus hammers demand

As Reported By Keith Laing for The Detroit News Washington — Reduced demand for travel due to the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on the nation’s transportation systems. Airlines, Amtrak and bus services are feeling the pinch and looking for help from Washington. The requests for help piled up quickly as lawmakers scramble to prevent an economic […]

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‘No blank check’ for airlines seeking more than $50 billion in coronavirus aid, Democrats warn

As Reported By Leslie Josephs and Lauren Hirsch for CNBC The more than $50 billion in government aid U.S. airlines are seeking as the coronavirus ravages their businesses must include worker and consumer protections, Democratic lawmakers and labor unions said Tuesday. They criticized airlines for spending years of windfall profits buying back their own stock. “No blank check […]

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GOP lukewarm on talk of airline bailout

As Reported By Jordain Carney, Niv Elis and Alex Gangitano for The Hill Pressure to extend tens of billions in federal relief to the struggling airline industry is being met with grumbles from top Republicans on Capitol Hill. GOP senators appeared lukewarm to the idea of a bailout, though they also appeared to acknowledge that […]

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The needs of working people must take center stage in COVID-19 policy debates

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement as lawmakers respond to health, safety, and economic threats posed by the widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): “As government leaders respond to the widespread transmission of COVID-19, the needs of working families must take center stage in […]

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TTD Celebrates 30 Years of Advocacy on Behalf of Transportation Workers

Orlando, FL – Celebrating 30 years of advocacy on behalf of frontline transportation workers, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and leaders of its 33 affiliated unions convened their winter convention yesterday where they recommitted to their efforts to fight for the rights, safety, and livelihoods of America’s transportation workforce.

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Democratic Candidates Court Unions With Infrastructure Pitch

As Reported By Ken Thomas for The Wall Street Journal LAS VEGAS—Democratic presidential candidates said Sunday that the U.S. faces an urgent need to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and highways, appealing to union workers ahead of Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer courted several labor unions Sunday at […]

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Transportation Labor Releases Infrastructure Platform for 2020 Presidential Candidates

The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), is calling on 2020 presidential candidates to adopt an infrastructure policy platform that will improve quality of life for millions of working families by reinvigorating the economy, rebuilding America and creating the kinds of good, middle-class jobs we can be proud of. Investing in U.S.: A Transportation Infrastructure Platform for 2020 Presidential Candidates, released today, offers a comprehensive list of policy proposals designed to guide candidates’ priorities on infrastructure ahead of the 2020 election.

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Trump is again asking Congress to slash Amtrak funding

As Reported By Luz Lazo for The Washington Post President Trump is again asking Congress to slash federal aid to the nation’s passenger railroad by cutting funding for Amtrak, including its network in the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Washington to Boston, by more than half. Trump’s proposed 2021 budget delivered to Congress on Monday includes reductions […]

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NHTSA grants first driverless vehicle exemption

As Reported By Kristin Musulin for Smart Cities Dive Dive Brief: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Thursday announced it granted autonomous vehicle (AV) company Nuro with a temporary exemption from certain federal requirements on low-speed driverless vehicles. The exemption applies to Nuro’s R2, a zero-occupant, low-speed delivery vehicle designed to carry consumer products such […]

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