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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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Transportation unions to FIFA: 2026 World Cup must promote sustainable transportation, good jobs

Labor leaders outline commitments FIFA, host cities must make to protect workers Washington, DC—As the United States, Canada, and Mexico prepare to host the 2026 men’s World Cup, the leaders of 33 transportation unions put FIFA, soccer’s governing body, on notice: we will not tolerate anti-worker policies and transportation services that undermine good jobs or […]

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Transportation Unions Lay Groundwork for a Worker-First COVID-19 Recovery

Washington, DC — As the U.S. begins to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), gathered today to assess the immediate, short-term, and long-term needs of transportation workers and the systems they operate. Recognizing that the key to sustained economic recovery for working families rests […]

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TTD applauds Deirdre Hamilton’s Nomination to the National Mediation Board and urges swift confirmation by the Senate

Washington, DC — Today, union attorney Deirdre Hamilton was nominated by the President to serve on the National Mediation Board (NMB), the government body that facilitates labor-management relations in the aviation and rail industries. The 33-member union Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), which represents millions of workers across the aviation, rail and broader transportation sectors, […]

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Biden’s Infrastructure Package Is Designed to Boost Unions

As reported by Kate Davidson and Amara Omeokwe for The Wall Street Journal President Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan to invest in infrastructure, clean energy and caregiving over the coming decade would be a boon for construction workers, truck drivers, electricians and home health aides. Both critics and supporters of the initiative say it will also […]

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President Biden’s American Jobs Plan: Visionary leadership working families have been waiting for

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the 33 union Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion proposal for investing in infrastructure, tackling climate change, and making America more equitable: “President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would make generational investments in our nation’s transportation system, and […]

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Unlikely alliances push for action on infrastructure, but will they last?

As reported by Kate Ackley and Jessica Wehrman for Roll Call As President Joe Biden lays out a multitrillion-dollar plan Wednesday in Pittsburgh to remake the nation’s infrastructure, lobbying interests across sectors and spanning the ideological spectrum are forming tenuous alliances to prod Congress to act. The debate is expected to dominate the K Street […]

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