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TTD Urges Swift Passage of American Rescue Plan

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the millions of frontline transportation workers represented by our 33 affiliated unions, we urge the Senate to move swiftly to pass the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and send it to the President’s desk. We also urge every Senator to reject proposals that would cut critical provisions from this package and undermine the relief so many working families desperately need.

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Transportation Labor to Congress: Pass the Economic Relief Package Now

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the millions of frontline transportation workers represented by our 33 affiliated unions, we applaud members of the House and Senate for advancing the joint budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2021, which will provide desperately needed relief to workers and communities across this country. We urge you to support this package both through the committee process and on the House floor.

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Transportation Labor Urges Rejection of Anti-Worker, Anti-Recovery Amendments to Senate Budget Resolution

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO and the millions of frontline transportation workers represented by our 33 affiliated unions, we applaud the proactive steps taken by the House and Senate to pass a desperately needed economic relief package. Unfortunately, many Republicans in the Senate have decided to put politics before their country by introducing nearly 1000 amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution. This effort is nothing more than a cynical delay tactic and an attempt to deny the economic and health care needs of the American people. We stand in opposition to their efforts, and urge you to vote NO on any amendment that seeks to undermine vital labor policies, programs, and protections.

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FRA Must Prevent Retaliation Against Employees

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to FRA’s request for comment on its revisions to information collection request entitled “Federal Railroad Administration Alleged Violation and Inquiry Form.” TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation including rail workers. We therefore have a vested interest in this policy.

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Transportation labor, APTA press urgent need for additional public transportation relief funding

On behalf of the millions of Americans who rely on public transportation every day, the 435,000 frontline workers who operate and maintain public transit and commuter rail systems in communities of all size across our country, and passenger advocates, we urge you to provide an additional $39.3 billion in emergency funding to help public transit agencies provide safe, reliable service as they continue to grapple with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Airline Labor Unions Call on Congress for Continued Relief

On behalf of labor unions representing hundreds of thousands of aviation workers, we request that Congress provide continued relief through the Payroll Support Program (PSP), which has been a successful, transparent, cost effective, job-saving program and a key lifeline for workers over the course of the pandemic.

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Aviation and Rail Unions Call on President Biden to Appoint a New NMB

We, the undersigned unions representing hundreds of thousands of Americans working in the airline and rail industries, take pleasure in expressing our strong support of Deirdre Hamilton to serve as a Member on the National Mediation Board (NMB), and for sitting NMB member Linda Puchala’s reappointment to the board. We also urge you to make these appointments immediately. Unlike other federal agencies, the Trump-appointed NMB will remain in control until new board members are nominated and confirmed by the Senate. With each passing day, the Trump NMB is allowed more opportunity to suppress the voices of aviation and rail workers, stifle collective bargaining rights, and undermine the Biden-Harris pro-worker agenda.

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Transportation Labor Encourages Swift Confirmation of Pete Buttigieg for U.S. Department of Transportation

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), our 33 unions, and millions of frontline transportation workers, I urge you to support the confirmation of Pete Buttigieg to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Replacing Hands-On Training for Rail Employees is Unsafe and Unwarranted

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Federal Railroad Administration’s request for comment on a petition for a waiver of compliance filed by Illinois Central Railroad Company on behalf of Canadian National Railway Company. TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including employees of Illinois Central/Canadian National railroads. We therefore have a vested interest in this petition

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TTD Calls for Prioritizing Vaccine Distribution to Frontline Transportation Workers

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the millions of workers we represent in all sectors of transportation, including the aviation, rail, transit, construction, school and over the road bus, maritime, and longshore industries, we strongly urge you to prioritize these frontline workers in the next phase (Phase 1b) of your COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Transportation workers have continued to provide essential services as COVID-19 has ravaged communities and taken nearly 300,000 American lives.

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