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Transportation Unions Call for Go-Slow Approach in Open Skies Aviation Talks with China

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WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of 32 transportation unions, meeting today to discuss their agenda for the coming months, urged the Obama Administration to proceed with great care in negotiations with China on a new aviation trade, or “open skies,” agreement. “The U.S.-China aviation talks are anything but a routine matter of international trade,” said Edward […]

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Congress Needs to Pass FAA Bill

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[Published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution] Let’s hope President Barack Obama’s Labor Day announcement to create jobs by investing in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure doesn’t meet the same fate as most proposals to fix our transportation system and jump-start the economy. More than 400 bills passed by the House of Representatives have stalled or met their […]

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Transportation Workers Applaud President's Plan to Create Jobs By Investing in Transportation Network

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WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement following President Obama’s Labor Day speech that outlined a plan to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure and put Americans back to work: “It is fitting that today’s announcement of a new round of surface and aviation infrastructure investments […]

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On Labor Day, Transportation Workers Look to Leaders for Solutions

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WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement in advance of the Labor Day holiday: “On this Labor Day, transportation workers and working people across America continue to suffer as they look to their elected leaders for bold action. “The economic recovery bill championed by the […]

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Transportation Labor Denounces Job-Cutting Amendments to the Transportation and Housing Funding Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement on the Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011 by the U.S. House of Representatives: “A number of amendments proposed for the Transportation and Housing funding bill would cost thousands of Americans their jobs at a […]

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Transportation Labor Salutes the Late Senator Robert C. Byrd

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement in response to the death of Senator Robert C. Byrd: “Transportation workers have lost a supporter and a fighter in Senator Robert C. Byrd. A longtime leader of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Byrd was a life-long champion […]

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McCain Jones Act Repeal Legislation Threatens Our National and Economic Security

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement regarding Sen. John McCain’s legislation to abolish America’s domestic shipping statutes, known as The Jones Act: “Sen. John McCain’s legislation to repeal The Jones Act would mean the elimination of hundreds of thousands of good jobs in maritime, […]

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Court Decision Upholds New Rules for Rail and Airline Union Elections

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today in response to a decision in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, rejecting the Air Transport Association’s attempt to overturn new National Mediation Board (NMB) rules governing union elections: “With today’s court decision, tens of […]

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National Journal Blog – Save Jobs and Preserve Services

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[As posted on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog] Sen. Dodd’s emergency operating assistance legislation will save thousands of jobs and preserve public transit services for millions of riders. Thousands of transit workers won’t keep earning a paycheck without help. But the impact is far greater than just those who work for America’s transit systems. Without […]

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Transit Emergency Funding Bill to Save Jobs, Preserve Service

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement regarding S. 3412, The Public Transportation Preservation Act, legislation introduced by Senator Chris Dodd and seven co-sponsors.  The bill will provide $2 billion in emergency operational funding for America’s transit systems: “This legislation will keep thousands of people […]

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