November 29, 2023 Honorable Pete Buttigieg Secretary United States Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20590 Secretary Buttigieg: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the hundreds thousands of workers we represent in the passenger rail and building trades sectors, I write to express my support for California […]
November 13, 2023 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: On behalf of the undersigned national rail labor unions, we write to unanimously recommend and support Johnathan D. Bragg to be re-nominated to serve as the Labor Member on the […]
November 8, 2023 Dear Secretary Buttigieg and Administrator Carlson, We write today to reiterate our grave safety concerns about the expanded testing and operation of automated driving system (ADS)-equipped vehicles. Given the recent surge in both the number of cities operating these vehicles on public streets and the number of crashes and safety incidents involving […]
September 11, 2023 To Whom It May Concern: We write regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) recent decision, HQ H328718 (July 17, 2023), to request that this ruling be withdrawn and reconsidered. On behalf of America’s seagoing unions, we believe it is important to have more clarity in the applicability of the coastwise laws […]
June 22, 2023 Administrator Michael S. Regan Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator, 1101A 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Dear Administrator Regan, Thanks to unprecedented investments from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act in clean energy and mobility, the Environmental Protection Agency is now responsible for managing billions […]
June 13, 2023 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and the totality of rail labor as represented by our affiliated unions, I write to reaffirm our strong support for […]
We write to express concern that a previously rare and limited business model for air service, once confined to private jet charters, is expanding so rapidly that it threatens to take over a large part of the air services in the United States. Airlines selling passenger tickets on flights that are scheduled in all but name are operating under a combination of rules: the safety rules of 14 CFR Part 135, the economic rules of 14 CFR Part 298 for commuter air carriers, and 14 CFR Part 380 for public charters. Because of a loophole created by that combination of rules, these airlines are able to skirt safety and security regulations that your departments and agencies enforce. A pending application before DOT by a unit of SkyWest Airlines implicates this business model, as we will describe.
One such air carrier is branded as “JSX.” The operator is Delux Public Charter, LLC, d/b/a JSX Air, and the charterer and re-seller of seats is JetSuiteX, Inc. (collectively, JSX). Through this complex structure, JSX is providing scheduled passenger service between major airports available for purchase in a manner that — to the ordinary consumer — looks identical to buying a seat on a regular scheduled airline. This arrangement enables JSX to fly a self-described “hop-on jet service” with scheduled operations on aircraft limited to 30 passengers under Part 135, asserting a speedy path to the plane using “private terminals,” and “non-invasive security procedures.”
March 14, 2023 The Honorable Pete Buttigieg Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Dear Secretary Buttigieg, The hazardous materials rail spill in East Palestine, OH has seriously jeopardized public health and safety, caused significant environmental damage, and imposed enormous economic costs for clean-up and restoration. In the aftermath […]
Technological change has always been a hallmark of the transportation sector. But with recent advancements in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies, the pace of and impact of technological change has been more rapid and significant than at any other time in the history of human mobility.
While our organizations represent different stakeholder communities with diverse perspectives, we are firmly aligned in our belief that the pace of technological change necessitates a more responsive federal apparatus that brings together the voice of leaders in innovation, employers, unions, and other key stakeholders to better understand and manage the broad impacts of new technologies on the workforce.
February 9, 2023 Administrator Amit Bose Federal Railroad Administration 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington, DC 20590 Dear Administrator Bose: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, we are writing to express our concerns about the safety of freight rail operations in the United States and to urge greater federal oversight […]