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STOPPING THE UNSAFE OUTSOURCING OF U.S. RAIL JOBS

In recent months, an American rail carrier, Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR), has launched a two-pronged effort to move rail operations and jobs to Mexico. KCSR has already received permission from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to begin replacing American train crews with crews from Mexico on trips across the border. KCSR also recently requested […]

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DEFENDING AMTRAK’S NATIONAL SYSTEM

Amtrak’s National Passenger Rail Network serves an essential role in our nation’s connected inter-modal transportation system. While the heavily-trafficked coastal lines garner the most headlines, it is Amtrak’s long distance routes that make Amtrak a truly national network, and one that provides a unique level of connectivity to communities in 45 states over thousands of […]

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COMMON SENSE REGULATIONS ON AIRCRAFT CABIN TEMPERATURES

Many people who fly regularly are familiar with the temperature irregularities on board aircraft. You might be sweating and overheated before takeoff only to find yourself shivering and reaching for a blanket mid-flight. It is uncomfortable, for sure, but most just shrug it off as an inconvenience that comes with flying. Far too often, however, […]

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Cosponsor H.R. 6016 – the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 6016, the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act. This bipartisan, common-sense legislation will help address the growing epidemic of assaults committed against transit bus drivers, enhance pedestrian safety and facilitate needed improvements to the bus operator work station. […]

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Sensible Guidelines Are Needed For Service Animals in Air Travel

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on DOT’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning air travel with service and support animals. TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including airport and airline employees who interact with customers who seek to fly with their service and support animals.[1] We therefore have a vested interest in this rulemaking.

DOT has published this ANPRM in response to increasing conflict and confusion as it relates to air travel with service and support animals. Currently, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and its associated regulations define a service animal broadly—any animal that is individually trained or able to provide assistance to a person with a disability; or any animal that assists persons with disabilities by providing emotional support—and provide protections for passengers with such animals.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3148 the Railroad Yardmaster Protection Act

Dear Representative, On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I ask that you cosponsor H.R. 3148, “The Railroad Yardmaster Protection Act.” This important and overdue legislation would cover railroad Yardmasters under the Hours of Service (HOS) protections that are currently afforded to other safety sensitive rail sector employees. Federal hours of service laws […]

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Whistleblower Protections Must Be Enforced and Accessible

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on OSHA’s notice regarding the administration of whistleblower statutes. TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those who are afforded protections under the statutes discussed in the notice.[1] We therefore have a vested interest in the proceeding.  

Through the request for comments, and its scheduled meeting, OSHA is seeking information on how it can improve customer service in its handling of whistleblower complaints, and how it can better explain the whistleblower laws it enforces. OSHA specifically highlights the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the National Transit Systems Security Act, and Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act as the focus of this proceeding.

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TTD Continues to Urge FMCSA to Consider Automation Concerns

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s solicitations for information on how its regulations may be affected by autonomous technology. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those who will be impacted by the development and deployment of automated driving systems.[1] We therefore have a vested interest in the notice.

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FRA Must Not Ignore Safety and Worker Issues In Railroad Automation

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)’s solicitations for information related to the future of automation in the railroad industry. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including workers across all crafts in the railroad industry who will be impacted by automation. We therefore have a vested interested in the notice. [1] TTD also endorses the comments of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Transportation Division (SMART-TD), a TTD affiliated union.

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TTD Urges Extreme Caution on Permitting Automated Transportation of Hazardous Materials

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to provide comments on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)’s solicitations for information on autonomous surface transportation of hazardous materials. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including those who will be impacted by the development and deployment of automated driving systems, workers who transport hazardous materials, and first responders tasked with responding to incidents involving hazmat. We therefore have a vested interest in the notice.

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