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Fair Rest Rules for Cargo Pilots

On February 12, 2009, Colgan Air flight 3407 crashed into a suburban neighborhood in Western NY, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) later revealed that pilot fatigue likely played an important role in inhibiting the pilots’ ability to respond to the adverse conditions that night. By government regulatory standards, the response to this disaster was swift. In 2010, Congress passed the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act, and in 2011, the DOT and the FAA implemented new rules on airline pilot flight- and duty-time limitations and minimum rest requirements. These science-based rules marked a major step forward in making air travel safer by, among other things, increasing the minimum rest hours required for pilots before flights and setting flight duty limits based on time of day, as well as the number of takeoffs and landings performed by a pilot during each duty period. These reforms helped address the chronic fatigue that plagues our nation’s pilots.

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SMART-TD and TTD Call for Action on Cross-Border Freight Rail

As policymakers and stakeholders continue to negotiate the terms of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), we, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART-TD), and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), write to bring your attention to a thus unresolved issue concerning freight rail service between the United States and Mexico and the disparate treatment of rail workers under current law. [1]

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TTD Opposes Anti-Labor Maritime Crewing Proposal

Dear Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Reed, Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I express my strenuous opposition to language being considered for inclusion in the FY ‘20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that strips collective bargaining rights from U.S. mariners serving on United States-flag vessels participating in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) operating under an Emergency Preparedness Agreement. As drafted, the proposal would allow an MSP carrier, receiving taxpayer funded stipends, to unilaterally abandon its bargained obligations as it relates to crewing MSP vessels and would allow the Department of Transportation (DOT) to prohibit a labor organization from representing these mariners if the agency decides the union is not adequately acquiescing to the carrier’s demands.

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Support the Passage of H.R. 2440, the Full Utilization Of The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to support the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act (H.R. 2440) when it is considered under suspension on Monday, October 28th. This bipartisan legislation has been introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Subcommittee Chair Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Subcommittee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA). TTD has previously endorsed H.R. 2440, and we strongly support its passage by the full House.

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Injury and Illness Logs Must Remain Accessible

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to FRA’s request for comment on Norfolk Southern’s (NS) petition for a waiver of compliance concerning employee injury/illness forms. TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including freight rail employees whose workplace injuries and illness are reported and documented via the regulation NS seeks relief from.

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FMCSA: Going Backwards On Driver Fatigue

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to FMCSA’s request for comment on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding changes to the agency’s hours of service regulations. TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including thousands of commercial motor vehicle drivers who will be impacted by these proposed changes. We therefore have a vested interest in this rulemaking.[1]

In the NPRM, FMCSA proposes five major changes to its current HOS regulations. This includes modifications to current requirements concerning the short haul exemption, drive time limits during adverse driving conditions, the 30-minute rest break, the use of sleeper berths, and a new proposal on split duty.

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Rail Labor and Management Continue Calls For Increased Funding For Railroad Retirement Board

Dear Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray: On behalf of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the Rail Labor Division (RLD) of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), we urge you to fully fund the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill.  Specifically, we ask that any conference report include no less than the House-passed RRB funding level of $135.5 million for administration of the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. Of that total, we support the RRB’s no year funding request that up to $13,460,000 be allocated for crucial and overdue information technology (IT) modernization projects.

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Larry Willis Testifies at House Hearing on Accountability, Worker Protections in Ride-Hailing Industry

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and our 33 affiliated unions, I want to thank Chair Norton and Ranking Member Davis for inviting me to participate in today’s hearing.

First, I ask that the Committee allow me to submit a report published by TTD this morning entitled The Costs of Doing Business: Why Lawmakers Must Hold the Ride-Hailing Industry Accountable as they Undermine their Workers and Play by their Own Rules, to the record. My testimony today will be a summary of the findings in that report.  

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TTD to Representatives: Cosponsor H.R.2382, the USPS Fairness Act

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R.2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This bipartisan legislation would repeal the destructive and unprecedented retiree health benefits prefunding mandate imposed on the U.S. Postal Service. In 2007, without due consideration for the critical service USPS provides, and the thousands of […]

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FRA Should Reject Waiver and Demonstrate Leadership on Train Length

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on Norfolk Southern Railway Company’s (NS) waiver of compliance regarding the operation of RoadRailer units. By way of background, TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including rail workers who operate and inspect the equipment discussed in NS’ request

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