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Support Amtrak and its Workforce in COVID-19 Relief Package

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer: As Congress continues to negotiate the terms of its next COVID-19 relief package, we call on you to include emergency supplemental funding to preserve Amtrak, the critical services it provides, and the livelihoods of its employees. Similar to other modes of passenger transportation, Amtrak has seen ridership fall as much as 95% on certain routes over the course of the pandemic. In response, Congress wisely provided critical financial assistance to the carrier through the CARES Act.

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TTD Petitions DOT for Passenger Face Mask Mandate

Dear Secretary Chao:   On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and our 33 affiliated unions across the transportation industry[1], I write today to petition the Department of Transportation (DOT) to expeditiously promulgate regulation to mandate the usage of masks or face coverings for passengers travelling with DOT-regulated commercial transportation providers during the course of the Presidential Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19.

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Support Aviation Workers and Extend the Payroll Support Program

Dear Senator: On behalf of the undersigned labor organizations representing aviation employees, we urge you to include a clean extension of the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) in the next phase of COVID-19 relief legislation.

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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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