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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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Transportation Unions Welcome Congressional Support for Transit Worker Safety

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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 support of recent congressional efforts to protect transit workers from assault by passengers:  “We welcome this week’s bipartisan letter, led by Congressman Rob Menendez and cosigned by 114 members of Congress, urging […]

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TTD Commends Whitaker’s Nomination for FAA Administrator

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WASHINGTON — Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), issued this statement following the nomination of Michael Whitaker to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): “As the nation’s largest transportation labor federation, we welcome President Biden’s nomination of Michael Whitaker to lead the FAA. The agency is […]

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TTD Statement on FAA Charter Carrier Decision

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WASHINGTON—Greg Regan, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement following the FAA’s decision to consider imposing stricter regulations on public charter operations at regional airlines. “This decision is a step in the right direction for aviation professionals and passengers. Regional airlines must follow the procedures and training requirements that make flying […]

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TTD President Commends Brendan Danaher’s Selection For White House Labor Role

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WASHINGTON—Greg Regan, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement following the Biden Administration’s announcement that Brendan Danaher, Senior Labor Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will join the White House as the new deputy director of the National Economic Council for labor and economy. Prior to joining USDOT, Brendan […]

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Rail Labor Urges Railroads to Join Federal “Close Call” Safety Reporting Program

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WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO urged the CEOs of the six major U.S. freight railroads to formally join the federal Confidential Close Call Reporting System. The system enables rail workers to confidentially report “close call” safety incidents to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) without fear of retaliation by their […]

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