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Support Aviation Workers; Sign Letter Urging Extension of Payroll Support Program

Dear Representative: On behalf of the undersigned labor organizations, we urge you to sign the bipartisan letter being led by Reps. Peter DeFazio, Brian Fitzpatrick, Rick Larsen, John Katko, Sharice Davids, Karen Bass, and Rodney Davis. The letter asks House and Senate leadership to include an extension of the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) in the next COVID-19 response legislation passed by Congress.

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Transportation Labor Strongly Supports Passage of Moving Forward Act

Dear Representative: As you know, today, the House of Representatives will begin floor consideration of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) strongly urges you to vote yes on final passage of this monumental investment in America’s infrastructure.

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Airline Labor Unions Call on Congress to Extend Relief

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy and Leader Schumer: On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of aviation professionals that we collectively represent, we appreciate your efforts to help keep the airline industry afloat during the healthcare and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act saved jobs through the Payroll Support Program (PSP) that allocated $32 billion in payroll grants to commercial airlines and airline contractors exclusively “for the continuation of employee wages, salaries, and benefits.” This critical legislation has kept hundreds of thousands of airline workers employed and covered under their healthcare plans during the pandemic. This aid has sustained an industry of national importance, helped our economy, and preserved our communities’ connectivity to the national and global economy.

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TTD Supports Passage of INVEST Act, Opposition to Anti-Worker Amendments

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I strongly urge you to vote in favor of H.R. 2, the INVEST in America Act as it is considered today in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Oppose the Confirmation of Nancy Beck to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) I urge you to oppose the nomination of Nancy Beck as Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In her current role at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Nancy Beck has played a major role in weakening the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on safely reopening workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is particularly concerning for the frontline transportation workers represented by our affiliated unions.

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TTD: Increasing Railroad Classification Thresholds is Unwarranted

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on Montana Rail Link Inc.’s petition concerning changes to revenue thresholds for the classification of rail carriers. By way of background, TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions, including unions representing freight rail workers who may be impacted by the granting of this petition.

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Supplementary Funding for Amtrak Must Support its Workforce and Future

Dear Senators Shelby, Leahy, Collins, and Reed: The working people who make Amtrak run have long stood with the carrier in fighting to secure the funding it needs to operate a national intercity passenger rail network, capable of serving millions of Americans each year. Our commitment to ensuring the long-term viability of Amtrak has not changed, particularly as it deals with the consequences of COVID-19.

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Larry Willis Testifies at House Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Transportation Workers

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and our 33 affiliated unions, I want to first thank Chairman DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves for inviting me to testify today on the impacts of COVID-19 on the transportation workforce. I am also proud to be here today with witnesses from two TTD-affiliated unions; Susannah Carr, a United Airlines flight attendant on behalf of the Association of Flight Attendants, CWA and Tom Shaw, a transit operator at SEPTA on behalf of the Transport Workers Union.

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Larry Willis Testifies at Senate Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Transportation and Critical Infrastructure

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and our 33 affiliated unions, I want to first thank Chairman Wicker and Ranking Member Cantwell for inviting me to testify today on the impact of COVID-19 on the surface transportation sector and associated challenges.[1] As COVID-19 has spread across the nation, causing over 100,000 deaths and unprecedented disruption to our way of life, we appreciate the opportunity to share the perspective of the frontline transportation workforce.

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FMCSA Must Not Modify Hours of Service Standards for Unproven Automated Technology

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to FMCSA’s request for comment on its notice Hours of Service of Drivers: Pronto.ai, Inc. (Pronto); Application for Exemption. TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including drivers of commercial motor vehicles.[1] We therefore have a vested interest in this policy.

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