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California High-Speed Rail Inks Historic Commitment With 13 Rail Unions

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CALIFORNIA – Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA), which oversees the largest high-speed rail project under construction in North America, announced a ground-breaking agreement with 13 rail unions to utilize rail workers covered by federal railroad labor laws in critical jobs once trains begin to operate. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ensures that highly […]

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27 Transportation Labor Groups Demand Federal Investigations of Waymo & Other Driverless Vehicle Companies

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WASHINGTON – Today, 27 labor organizations representing transportation workers urged federal transportation safety officials to immediately open investigations into Waymo, Zoox, and similar companies that operate robotaxis and other for-hire driverless vehicles. While Cruise issued a voluntary software recall yesterday for its 950 driverless vehicle fleet and has temporarily halted its driverless vehicle operations, other […]

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Maritime Unions Oppose Proposed Second U.S. Registry

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A broad coalition of American maritime and transportation unions has registered its strong opposition to a proposal that would promote the operation of United States-flag vessels with foreign crews.  The proposal, part of a report issued by the Hudson Institute, would create a second United States-flag ship registry to allow vessel owners to bypass the […]

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TTD Applauds Senate Confirmation of FAA Administrator

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WASHINGTON — Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement after the Senate voted, 98-0, to confirm Michael Whitaker to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): “We applaud today’s Senate floor vote to confirm Michael Whitaker as the next FAA Administrator. As the […]

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TTD Urges Senate to Confirm Whitaker as FAA Administrator

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WASHINGTON — Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement ahead of today’s scheduled Senate hearing to consider several nominations, including Michael Whitaker to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): “We urge the Senate to confirm Michael Whitaker to lead the FAA. As […]

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Statement on Congress Averting Government Shutdown

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WASHINGTON — Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, issued this statement following Congress’ action to pass a Continuing Resolution to avert a government shutdown until mid-November and authorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through December 31: “Tonight, hundreds of thousands of working Americans breathed […]

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TTD Urges Congress to Avert Shutdown, Pass Bipartisan CR

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September 27, 2023 Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, and the millions of transportation workers that we represent, we urge you to pass the Senate-proposed bipartisan continuing resolution, H.R. 3935, and avert a government shutdown. As America’s largest transportation labor federation, we implore Congress to prioritize the safety […]

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TTD Applauds Nearly $200M in Federal Grants Awarded to Amtrak

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WASHINGTON – Amtrak and partners have been awarded nearly $200 million from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) competitive grant program. “The CRISI grants announced today will help launch new and expanded service, advance critical safety and reliability improvements, and provide opportunities for the workforce, marking another big milestone as […]

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Transportation Labor Stands With Striking Autoworkers

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WASHINGTON — Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, issued this statement commemorating the first week of the UAW’s historic Stand Up Strike after Ford, GM, and Stellantis failed to offer a fair contract to 150,000 autoworkers: “We stand strong with striking autoworkers and the […]

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Rail Labor Calls for Safety Reforms During Rail Safety Week

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WASHINGTON — Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, issued this statement in recognition of Rail Safety Week 2023: “As America’s largest transportation labor federation, we are proud to represent the totality of freight rail labor unions and their members. For years, the rail labor […]

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