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DOT Must Address Unsafe Aircraft Cabin Temperatures

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am writing today to express our support for the petition for rulemaking filed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which requests that DOT establish operational standards for cabin temperatures on commercial airplanes, both on domestic flights and international flights into the United States and its territories.

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Cosponsor S. 3215 – the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor S.3215, the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act. This common-sense legislation will help address the growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit bus drivers, enhance pedestrian safety and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station. TTD and […]

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CONGRESS MUST PRIORITIZE A LONG-TERM, PRO-WORKER FAA REAUTHORIZATION

When President Obama signed into law the 2012 FAA Reauthorization Act it marked the end of a years-long saga that included 23 short term extensions and a two-week partial FAA shutdown that cost the federal government $30 million a day and furloughed thousands of employees. Now in the fall of 2018, aviation workers who rely […]

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PUT AN END TO TRANSIT OPERATOR ASSAULTS AND BETTER PROTECT PASSENGERS AND PEDESTRIANS

Like most Americans, each day tens of thousands of bus operators will wake up and go to work. They will facilitate 34 million trips, carrying their fellow Americans to and from their jobs, school, the supermarket, or to see a family member or loved one. They will help create opportunity for a struggling family that […]

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STOPPING THE UNSAFE OUTSOURCING OF U.S. RAIL JOBS

In recent months, an American rail carrier, Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR), has launched a two-pronged effort to move rail operations and jobs to Mexico. KCSR has already received permission from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to begin replacing American train crews with crews from Mexico on trips across the border. KCSR also recently requested […]

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DEFENDING AMTRAK’S NATIONAL SYSTEM

Amtrak’s National Passenger Rail Network serves an essential role in our nation’s connected inter-modal transportation system. While the heavily-trafficked coastal lines garner the most headlines, it is Amtrak’s long distance routes that make Amtrak a truly national network, and one that provides a unique level of connectivity to communities in 45 states over thousands of […]

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COMMON SENSE REGULATIONS ON AIRCRAFT CABIN TEMPERATURES

Many people who fly regularly are familiar with the temperature irregularities on board aircraft. You might be sweating and overheated before takeoff only to find yourself shivering and reaching for a blanket mid-flight. It is uncomfortable, for sure, but most just shrug it off as an inconvenience that comes with flying. Far too often, however, […]

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Cosponsor H.R. 6016 – the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 6016, the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act. This bipartisan, common-sense legislation will help address the growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit bus drivers, enhance pedestrian safety and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station. […]

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Sensible Guidelines Are Needed For Service Animals in Air Travel

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on DOT’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning air travel with service and support animals. TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including airport and airline employees who interact with customers who seek to fly with their service and support animals.[1] We therefore have a vested interest in this rulemaking.

DOT has published this ANPRM in response to increasing conflict and confusion as it relates to air travel with service and support animals. Currently, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and its associated regulations define a service animal broadly—any animal that is individually trained or able to provide assistance to a person with a disability; or any animal that assists persons with disabilities by providing emotional support—and provide protections for passengers with such animals.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3148 the Railroad Yardmaster Protection Act

Dear Representative, On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I ask that you cosponsor H.R. 3148, “The Railroad Yardmaster Protection Act.” This important and overdue legislation would cover railroad Yardmasters under the Hours of Service (HOS) protections that are currently afforded to other safety sensitive rail sector employees. Federal hours of service laws […]

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