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TTD Urges Biden to Renominate Captain Moak to USPS Board of Governors

By Admin

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I offer my strong support for Captain Donald L. Moak to serve another term on the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The USPS Board of Governors was established by Congress more than 50 years ago to direct the powers of the Postal Service, and to oversee its expenditures, practices, and long-range planning, and to set policies on all postal matters. As a labor federation representing workers in all modes of transportation, including the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), whose members drive the country’s largest federal fleet, TTD has a vested interest in ensuring the Board promotes the safety, security, and welfare of the Postal Service’s workers. Given Captain Moak’s current service on the Board and his long and distinguished career in union labor, we know he is more than qualified to be reappointed to serve a second term.

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TTD urges Senate to confirm STB Member Robert Primus for Another Term

By Admin

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I offer my strong support for Robert Primus to serve another term on the Surface Transportation Board (STB). I urge the Members of the Senate Commerce Committee to favorably report his nomination out of the Committee and encourage his confirmation by the full Senate.

In 1996, Congress established the STB as the successor to the Interstate Commerce Commission and tasked it with the economic regulation of freight rail. The STB operated in alignment with the U.S. Department of Transportation until Congress deemed it a wholly independent federal agency through the 2015 STB Reauthorization Act.

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Driver Training is Necessary to Keep Everyone Safe

By Admin

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) notice regarding the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) petition for exemption from FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements. These requirements are necessary to obtain a Class B license to operate a groundwater well drilling rig. TTD consists of 37 affiliate unions representing millions of transportation workers, including commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators, who are subject to the FMCSA’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) requirements.

In its application, NGWA requests exemption from all ELDT requirements for individuals operating “any vehicle, machine, tractor, trailer, semi-trailer, or specialized mobile equipment propelled or drawn by mechanical power and used on highways to transport water well field operating equipment, including water well drilling and pump service rigs equipped to access groundwater.” The request would include exemptions from ELDT requirements including demonstrating proficiency in proper techniques for initiating vehicle movement, executing left and right turns, changing lanes, navigating curves at speed, and stopping the vehicle in a controlled manner.

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TTD Responds to Request for Information on Buy America

By Admin

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Request for Information regarding Buy America Requirements for Construction Materials. TTD consists of 37 affiliate unions representing workers in construction and manufacturing who are directly impacted by Buy America policies.

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Entry-Level Driver Training Is Critical to Road Safety

By Admin

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) notice regarding the state of Alaska’s petition for a partial exemption from certain components of the FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements, as set forth in 49 CFR 380 Appendix A, Section A3.1, necessary to obtain a Class A license. TTD consists of 37 affiliate unions representing millions of transportation workers, including commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators, who are subject to the FMCSA’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) requirements.

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TTD Responds to DOT’s Request for Comment on Drug Testing Data Availability

By Admin

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) request for information regarding drug and alcohol testing data. TTD consists of 37 affiliate unions representing workers across all modes of transportation.[1]

DOT requests information to determine if there is a broader audience for certain publicly available modal drug and alcohol testing data, and whether and how to make the information more readily available.

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Transportation Labor Supports Worker- and Safety-First Agenda in Automation Research

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On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Request for Comments on Transit Bus Automation Research and Demonstrations. TTD consists of 37 affiliate unions representing all kinds of transportation workers, including transit operators, mechanics, and other ground transportation workers whose safety, security, and livelihoods will be impacted by automated technologies. We therefore have a vested interest in making sure that the FTA invests in bus automation research and demonstrations that advance a future for transit and its employees consistent with the pro-worker and pro-union values of this administration.

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Oppose Legislation to Increase Pilot Retirement Age

By Samantha Fazenbaker

Dear Senator: On behalf of the undersigned unions representing professional airline pilots and thousands of aviation workers who support strong safety standards, I urge you to oppose any legislation that increases the pilot retirement age. In 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), under the direction of Congress, implemented the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act […]

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Vote Alert for Amendments to H.R. 8294

By Samantha Fazenbaker

Dear Representative: As the House continues consideration of H.R. 8294 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2023, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO urges you to support the final bill and oppose the following amendments. […]

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Oppose Anti-U.S.-flag Shipping Amendment in NDAA

By Admin

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), representing 37 labor unions across all modes of transportation, and USA Maritime, a coalition of American ship operators, maritime labor organizations, and maritime trade associations, we urge you to oppose an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act led by Representatives Jackie Walorski, Jim Costa, Michelle Fischbach and Mariannette Miller-Meeks that would eliminate Ship American “cargo preference” rules essential to our U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S.-flag shipping industry. This amendment is similar to H. Con. Res. 92 and companion to S. Con. Res. 37 and 38, which Senators Joni Ernst and Chris Coons introduced in May.

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