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CQ Roll Call-Labor Tries to Break DeMint's Blockade of FAA Nominee

[By Nathan Hurst, CQ Roll Call] Organized labor is rallying in opposition to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s continued hold on confirmation of the Federal Aviation Administration’s top official. The conservative South Carolina senator initially blocked action on the nomination of Michael P. Huerta, currently the acting FAA administrator, saying he wanted to preserve the opportunity […]

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The Hill-GOP Takes Aim at Strengthened Amtrak

[By Keith Laing in The Hill]   House Republicans will hold new hearings next week on Amtrak, which Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) is targeting for funding cuts despite recent record ridership numbers.The hearings are part of a year-long effort by Mica designed to prove Amtrak’s nearly $1 billion federal subsidy is a waste […]

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The Hill–Obama victory likely to preserve highway, Amtrak funding

[By Keith Laing of The Hill] President Obama’s reelection is likely to ensure efforts to privatize Amtrak service and cut transportation funding will be unsuccessful. Unsuccessful Republican nominee Mitt Romney had repeatedly pledged to eliminate government funding for Amtrak, and GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget would have limited transportation funding to […]

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Aviation Week-Obama, Romney at Odds Over Approach to Labor

[By Jen DiMascio and Madhu Unnikrishnan in Aviation Week & Space Technology] A bruising battle over a multi-year aviation policy bill may have settled a fight over how airline workers organize, but new fights over the rights of workers to form unions are on the horizon, as the presidential election is proving to be a […]

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The Hill-Transportation union: Romney would ‘permanently delay’ US aviation system

[By Keith Laing of The Hill] Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s election would cause flights to be delayed and a planned upgrade of the national aviation system to be grounded, the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department said Thursday. The union, which has endorsed President Obama’s bid for reelection, said Romney’s budget plans would lead to the […]

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Politico Pro Transport—Amtrak and White House Transit Forum

[By Politico Pro Transport reporters in September:  Kathryn Wolfe, Jessica Myers, Adam Snider and Burgess Everett] Sept. 13, 2012 WHITE HOUSE FORUM: Top transportation leaders, including Secretary Ray LaHood and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff, huddled yesterday for a White House forum on job creation and transit’s impact on communities. AFL-CIO TTD’s Ed Wytkind was at […]

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CQToday—GOP Critics of Amtrak Seize on New Report Questioning Efficiency of Service

[By Nathan Hurst, CQToday] Private companies are doing a better job than Amtrak at cutting costs on regional rail transit service, according to a new House committee staff report that Republicans are citing to bolster arguments for a larger private sector role in operating passenger rail services. Agencies running state-supported commuter rail operations around the […]

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The Hill–Union criticizes Romney for neglecting transportation in acceptance speech

[By  Keith Laing of The Hill] The AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department is sharply criticizing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for not talking about transportation in his speech accepting the GOP nomination Thursday night. AFL-CIO TTD President Ed Wytkind tweeted after Romney’s speech that transportation was entirely missing from his remarks. “I don’t think @MittRomney mentioned […]

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The Hill–Union Defends Amtrak Concession Workers

[By Keith Laing of The Hill] A prominent transportation union is defending concession workers on Amtrak after House Republicans sharply criticized the national passenger railway’s food and beverage service in a hearing this week. AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department President Ed Wytkind said Amtrak workers do “much more than sell you food. “Things happen on Amtrak […]

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Mitt Romney Unfit to be Chief Steward of This Country

TTD President Ed Wytkind tells The Rick Smith Show that Mitt Romney does not understand that roads, bridges, seaports, airports, navigation channels and transit systems cost money and the businesses that use them don’t pay for them. The U.S. must invest in its infrastructure to move the economy forward. It was taxpayers who paid for […]

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