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In House Hearing, TTD President Testifies About Post-Pandemic Lessons in Public Transit

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WRITTEN STATEMENT OF GREG REGAN, PRESIDENT TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT, AFL-CIO _____________________________________ BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT ________________________________________ “Revenue, Ridership, and Post-Pandemic Lessons in Public Transit” June 13, 2024 On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and our 37 affiliated unions, I thank Chairman Crawford and Ranking […]

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Transportation Labor Supports Safety Standards for Transit Roadway Workers

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May 24, 2024 The Honorable Veronica Vanderpool Acting Administrator Federal Transit Administration U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC  20590 Re:      NPRM re: Rail Transit Roadway Worker Protection              Docket No. FTA-2023-0024 Dear Acting Administrator Vanderpool: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I […]

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Transportation Labor Urges FAA to Prioritize Contract Negotiations

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The importance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bargaining with its unions is the cornerstone of ensuring the national airspace system’s safety, efficiency, and well-being. The FAA’s highly skilled workforce relies on collective bargaining to advocate for fair compensation, equitable working conditions, and avenues for professional development. Through this process, unions provide valuable insights and […]

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Transportation Labor Opposes Initiatives to Reduce the Required Number of Pilots on the Flight Deck of Commercial Airliners

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Airline pilots have spent decades focused on making airline operations the safest and most secure form of transportation in the world. Airline pilots work with stakeholders routinely to make commercial air transportation safer through improved training and human factors, enhanced technology, advancements in crew resource management, and the creation of positive safety culture. Today, some […]

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Transportation Labor Demands Improved Global Safety Standards for Maritime Shipping

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The tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key (FSK) Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, has highlighted the urgent need for stronger and vigorously enforced international maritime safety standards for cargo ships. Before the container ship MV Dali struck and destroyed the FSK Bridge, the Port of Baltimore played a crucial role in U.S. shipping routes, ranking […]

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Transportation Labor Calls for Worker Protections Against Extreme Temperatures

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Extreme temperatures, largely resulting from global climate change, have become an unfortunate new normal for transportation workers. In fact, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that 2023 was the warmest year ever recorded.[1] It has become increasingly clear in recent years that extreme temperatures are not going away. Now more than ever, we must rise […]

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Rail Labor Urges Federal Regulations for Safer Freight Train Mechanical Inspections

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The freight rail industry’s safety failures garnered national attention last year after the toxic East Palestine derailment, echoing an alarm that rail workers have sounded for years. Despite the calls for reform, Class I railroads continue right now to cut corners on safety and lay off the skilled workers that perform rail car and locomotive […]

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Rail Decarbonization Efforts Must Prioritize Workers’ Well-Being

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Transportation labor unions recognize the serious impacts of climate change and the severe consequences if we fail to reduce our carbon footprint. Discussions about reducing emissions in the rail sector often focus on potential benefits from new technologies, without looking at the entire picture and ensuring that the impacted rail and manufacturing workers and communities […]

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Now Is the Time to Seize the Momentum on High-Speed Rail

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The Biden Administration has demonstrated its historic commitment to passenger rail, including high-speed rail, with a record level of investment through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for passenger rail and billions of dollars of funding for key high-speed rail projects. There has never been a more pro-rail president than Joe Biden. To continue this momentum […]

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Transportation Labor Unions Denounce Ridesharing as a Substitute for Public School Student Transportation Infrastructure

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Since their entry into the economy, transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft have expanded beyond ridesharing and food and package delivery to partnerships with transit and governmental agencies at the expense of taxpayers, all while continuing to invest millions of dollars into fighting efforts to ensure their drivers earn fair wages and benefits. […]

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