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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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TTD Continues to Support Strong Buy America Requirements

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May 13, 2024 Shailen P. Bhatt Administrator Federal Highway Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20590      RE:     Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Buy America Requirements for Manufactured Products      Docket No. FHWA-2023-0037 Dear Administrator Bhatt: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to […]

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SIGN-ON: Support FRA’s Confidential Close Call Reporting System

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SIGN ON DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 30th COB Leads: Rep. Melanie Stansbury, and Rep. Chris DeLuzio Dear Representative: On behalf of our affiliated unions, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO urges you to join Representatives Stansbury and DeLuzio in a letter to appropriators advocating for full funding for the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) at $8 […]

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Sign-On to Fund NMB, Support Rail and Aviation Workers Fighting for Fair Contracts

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SIGN ON DEADLINE: Monday, April 29 COB Leads: Rep Melanie Stansbury, and Labor Caucus Co-Chairs Reps Donald Norcross, Mark Pocan, Debbie Dingell, and Steven Horsford Dear Representative: On behalf of our affiliated unions, representing more than a million railroad and airline workers, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO urges you to join Representatives Stansbury, Norcross, Pocan, […]

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Buy America Waiver Would Come at the Expense of Union Workers

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April 15, 2024 Michael Regan Administrator Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20004 RE:    Proposed General Applicability Public Interest Waiver of Section 70914(a) of P. L. 117-58, Build America, Buy America Act, 2021 for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Financial Assistance Awards under the Clean Ports Program Administrator Regan: On behalf of […]

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