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TTD Supports Letter from 680 Organizations Sent to Congress Calling for Clean CR, No Shutdown

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The Coalition on Human Needs and 680 local, state, and national groups delivered a message to Congress Tuesday: do your duty and keep government running.  The groups delivered a letter to every member of the House and Senate urging passage of a clean, bipartisan continuing resolution (CR), including “emergency funding that supports current services and addresses urgent […]

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TTD Supports Bipartisan Letter Urging FTA to Protect Public Transit Operators From Assault

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 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rob Menendez is leading a bipartisan coalition of 114 Members of Congress, urging the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to immediately act on rulemaking required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) to protect public transit operators from assault. The call to address America’s transit worker safety crisis is supported by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the […]

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High-speed rail is a huge opportunity for American workers

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Opinion Contributors Ray LaHood and Greg Regan for the Hill.

High-speed rail is coming to America, and working people should take notice.

The Biden Administration is planning to use funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to construct multiple high-speed rail lines. This is a very big deal for American workers.

In addition to transforming daily commutes, expanding access to affordable housing and helping win the fight against climate change, high-speed rail projects will create a whole new field of exciting work opportunities — and they’re already creating thousands of good union jobs today.

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Railroads resist joining safety hotline because they want to be able to discipline workers

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The major freight railroads say a disagreement over whether they will be allowed to discipline some workers who use a government hotline to report safety concerns has kept them from following through on the promise they made back in March to join the program after a fiery Ohio derailment prompted calls for reforms.

Unions and workplace safety experts say the idea of disciplining workers who report safety concerns undermines the purpose of creating such a hotline because workers won’t use it if they fear retribution. Programs like this one overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration are especially important in an industry like railroads where there is a long history of workers being fired for reporting safety violations or injuries, experts say.

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TTD SUPPORTS FUNDING FOR BRIGHTLINE WEST

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LAS VEGAS, NV – On Friday, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) held a press conference calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund Nevada’s application for federal funding to construct the Brightline West high-speed rail project, which will boost Nevada’s tourism economy. She was joined by Brightline CEO Michael Reininger, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, […]

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Biden taps new top labor adviser

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Reported by Nick Niedzwiadek and Olivia Olander for Politico Pro.

President Joe Biden has tapped former union leader Brendan Danaher to serve as a top labor adviser at the White House.

Danaher fills the role — deputy director of the National Economic Council for labor and economy — left by Celeste Drake, who stepped down from the administration last month to serve at the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency. He joins Erika Dinkel-Smith, who tackles labor issues under the White House’s Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.

“Brendan’s deep experience and relationships in government and the labor movement will make him a tremendous asset as the National Economic Council’s Labor Deputy,” NEC Director Lael Brainard said in a statement. “Brendan will help ensure that working Americans remain at the center of President Biden’s economic policy.”

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Bob Casey and John Fetterman are urging Norfolk Southern to join feds’ close call reporting system

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Reported by Benjamin Kail for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman are pressing Norfolk Southern to join a federal rail safety program that the company said it would join more than four months ago, after one of its freight trains derailed in East Palestine, Ohio in February.

The Federal Railroad Administration’s Confidential Close Call Reporting System allows employees to report near-misses or close calls on railroads and protects them from discipline for reporting such incidents.

Norfolk Southern said in March that it was engaged in a working group on the program and planned to join, noting it would build on its own close-call reporting system and mark “another step we are taking to further our commitment to safety,” according to CEO Alan Shaw.

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Rosen Urges USDOT to Award $3.75 Billion for High-Speed Rail Between Las Vegas and SoCal

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Reported by Vegas Business Digest.

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) held a press conference to call on the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to fund Nevada’s application, seeking $3.75 billion in federal funding to construct the Brightline West’s 218-mile high-speed rail project. The project will connect Nevada and Southern California through planned stations in Las Vegas and San Bernardino County, with connectivity into Los Angeles County through Metrolink.

Brightline CEO Michael Reininger confirmed that the project has completed all environmental review process and is shovel-ready to break ground in the fall of this year if the federal funding comes through and open before the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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Casey, Fetterman Push Norfolk Southern to Join Close Call Reporting System

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Reported by Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman of Pennsylvania on Friday urged the CEO of Norfolk Southern to follow through on a promise to take part in a “near-miss” reporting system more than six months after one of the company’s freight trains carrying hazardous materials derailed and burned in East Palestine, Ohio.

In a letter to Norfolk Southern president and CEO Alan Shaw, Casey and Fetterman praised the company for its “important first step toward taking accountability by agreeing to participate in the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS).”

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Union urges Class Is to enroll in ‘Close Call’ safety reporting system

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Reported by Progressive Railroading.

The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO has urged the CEOs of six major freight railroads operating in the United States 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 employers.

To date Amtrak, many commuter-rail and short-line companies are part of the program, but Class Is have yet to participate. The union wrote to the CEOs of Norfolk Southern Railway, BNSF Railway Co., CSX, CN, Canadian Pacific Kansas City and Union Pacific Railroad.

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