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Restored federal funding for California High Speed Rail is win for working families

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement commending the Biden administration for restoring $929 million in federal funding for California High Speed Rail: “The era of playing politics with transportation funding is over. Last week’s announcement that California High Speed Rail will once again receive federal […]

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INVEST in America Act is the bold vision working families need

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding passage of the INVEST in America Act by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: “Transportation labor applauds passage of the INVEST in America Act by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee early this morning. Working families are now […]

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Transportation Labor Supports the INVEST in America Act

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the INVEST in America Act: “We applaud the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for putting the needs of working families first by reintroducing the INVEST in America Act. This legislation builds on legislation introduced and […]

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Transportation Labor celebrates expansion of TSO collective bargaining rights

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding the expansion of union rights and worker protections to America’s TSA Workforce: “For nearly two decades, Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) have placed themselves in harm’s way to keep travelers and transportation workers safe by screening passengers and baggage […]

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Labor unions have a new point man on infrastructure

Greg Regan took the helm of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department in the worst of circumstances but with the best possible preparation.

The circumstances: In the midst of a global pandemic that threatened his members’ jobs and lives, Regan’s boss and mentor, Larry Willis, died tragically in November after succumbing to injuries from a bike crash.

The preparation: Willis’s leadership and trust, which gave Regan and the team Willis had carefully put together the confidence to step up when the moment demanded it.

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TTD Welcomes Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Commitment to Major Investment in Surface Transportation Infrastructure

Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021, which passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today: “A safe, efficient, and well-funded transportation system is the backbone of our economy and the lifeline to educational […]

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TTD Stands in Solidarity with VTA Rail Facility Victims, Mourns Loss of Life

“As TTD continues to monitor the developing news about a mass shooting at the Guadalupe VTA maintenance yard in San Jose, California this morning, we wish to share our heartbreak for our brothers and sisters who lost their lives and who were injured in this senseless act of violence. We mourn with their families and friends for their loss and stand in solidarity with all workers, who should never have to walk onto the job fearing for their lives or their safety.”

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TTD Applauds Jennifer Homendy’s Nomination to NTSB Chair

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding President Biden’s nomination of Jennifer Homendy to lead the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): “There is no candidate more qualified to chair the National Transportation Safety Board than Jennifer Homendy. Homendy was first confirmed by the Senate as […]

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Increased road deaths prompt calls for improved vehicle tech

Amid skyrocketing road deaths in the United States, members of Congress emphasized at a hearing Tuesday the role autonomous vehicles (AVs) can play in improving safety but called for other technology to be implemented in the short term.

Lawmakers remain determined to encourage faster AV development and deployment and to legislate on the nascent technology. But with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) available to help reduce serious crashes, automakers must offer that technology as standard, some said.

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Lawmakers raise driver privacy concerns on Capitol Hill

“Heavy-duty truck driving is already a highly surveilled occupation; can you speak to the impact this has on workers, and ways that Congress can create policies that can balance a worker’s right to privacy with the fact that automated vehicle [AV] technology needs large quantities of image data to work effectively?” Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., asked witnesses at the hearing before the Consumer Protection subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, responded that the aviation industry should serve as a guide “in how they balance worker privacy with the necessary safety constraints that are inherent in some of the monitoring equipment in aircraft. We have struck that balance before so we can certainly do it here.”

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