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Martin Luther King’s Wisdom Continues to Inspire

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following statement was offered by Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of courage and conviction is no less relevant today than it ever was. His prophetic teachings continue to inspire generations of Americans to fight for […]

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Disability Access Laws Must Be Enforced on Buses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Transportation unions applaud House passage of legislation that makes clear to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that it must require bus companies to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 3985, a bill that instructs the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) […]

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NTSB Adds Worker Fatigue Issues to “Most Wanted List”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board made important additions to its “NTSB Most Wanted List” of transportation safety improvements. Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, offers the following statement: “We are pleased to see the National Transportation Safety Board add air traffic controller and rail operating employee fatigue to […]

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Hospitalization of Flight Crew Reveals Urgency of Aircraft Air Quality Problem

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, flight attendants and pilots were hospitalized for what appeared to be carbon monoxide poisoning on a U.S. Airways flight from Washington, D.C. to Boston. Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, offers the following statement: “For years, transportation unions have supported the call for healthy air quality in […]

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DHS Misses Deadline in 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Transportation unions are outraged that security training for thousands of frontline transit workers across the nation will be delayed again in the wake of another missed deadline by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Transportation workers will be left to fend for themselves simply because the DHS has again defied a Congressional […]

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Senate Defies Bush on Amtrak, Passes Funding Plan

WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, the Senate approved the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007, which reauthorizes Amtrak’s funding levels and programs. Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, offers the following statement: “In passing a multi-year funding plan for Amtrak, the Senate rejected the failed Bush Administration policies of attempting […]

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Rail Safety Bill Delivers Improved Safety for Workers, Public

WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, offers the following statement on last night’s House passage of H.R. 2095, the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act: “It’s been a decade since rail safety laws expired in this country, and accidents have increased 29 percent during that same time. It’s high time […]

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Transportation Labor Applauds Progress on Foreign Aircraft Repair Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Transportation unions praise the passage of Rep. Ted Poe’s (R-TX) amendment to the FAA bill that requires drug and alcohol testing for mechanics at foreign aircraft repair stations who work on U.S. aircraft.   “Why bother drug and alcohol testing U.S. mechanics if we’re not going to require the same of foreign […]

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House FAA Bill Makes Significant Strides to Improve Safety, Working Conditions for Aviation Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jenifer McCormick 202-628-9262 JeniferM@ttd.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Transportation unions applaud the important worker rights and safety improvements made by the FAA reauthorization bill, passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives. “This bill makes meaningful safety improvements, strong investments in our aviation system, and addresses many transportation union priorities that will […]

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Transportation Unions Focus on Priority Issues, Urge Congress to Complete Work on Important Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jenifer McCormick 202-628-9262 JeniferM@ttd.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, committed today to make priorities of rebuilding America’s failing transportation system and infrastructure, stopping outsourcing at the United States Postal Service, and protecting the income and retirement security of public transit workers. Transportation labor leaders […]

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