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House Urged to Reject Bill That Would Essentially Shut Down the National Labor Relations Board

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April 5, 2013 Vote No on H.R. 1120 Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I urge you to vote against H.R. 1120 – legislation that will essentially shut down the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  This bill improperly involves Congress in the judicial review of the President’s recess appointment powers and […]

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Vote No on the Ryan Budget Resolution

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  Vote No on the Ryan Budget Resolution  Dear Representative: I urge you to vote against the Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 25) offered by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as it proposes radical cuts to our transportation system and puts in jeopardy hundreds of thousands of American jobs. This latest edition of the Ryan […]

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Senators Asked to Oppose Language Establishing CBP Fee Reinbursement Arrangement

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  Support the Brown-Isakson Amendment #83 Dear Senator, On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I ask that as you consider the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR) you support amendment #83 offered by Senators Sherrod Brown and Johnny Isakson to strike Section 560.  This language would establish a fee reimbursement arrangement for Customs […]

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TTD Addresses FRA's Proposed Changes to Positive Train Control Regulations

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Mr. Thomas McFarlin Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance Signal & Train Control Division Federal Railroad Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20590 RE:     Federal Railroad Administration            Positive Train Control Systems (RRR)            Docket No. FRA-2011-0061, Notice No. 1            RIN 2130-AC32            Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Dear Mr. McFarlin: On behalf […]

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Air Carriers, Domestic Shippers Should Comply with Lithium Battery Rules

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Mr. Charles Betts Standards and Rulemaking Division, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC  20590 RE:     Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Docket No. PHMSA-2009-0095 (HM-224F)            RIN 2137-AE44            Hazardous Materials: Transportation of Lithium Batteries            Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Request for Additional Comment Dear […]

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Senate Must Reverse House CR Cuts to Public Transit, Highways

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WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement on the negative impacts to transportation of yesterday’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running through September 30, 2013: “At a time when our transportation system is suffering from chronic neglect, the House-passed […]

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Air Traffic Rights, Jones Act Should Not Be Included in International Services Agreements

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Ms. Yvonne Jamison Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street, NW Washington, DC  20508   RE:     Request for Comments on an International Services Agreement            Docket No. USTR-2013-0001                                    Dear Ms. Jamison: […]

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Support for UMWA Patriot Campaign

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Last year Patriot Coal Company, a creation of Peabody Energy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to exploit our legal code for financial gain by shedding responsibility for retiree health and pension obligations it inherited from Peabody and from Arch Coal. Unfortunately, using bankruptcy to get out of obligations to workers is not […]

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Options for Avoiding the Highway Trust Fund Cliff

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While Washington obsesses over the so-called “deficit crisis,” the reality is that America has a jobs and transportation infrastructure crisis, a product of decades of neglect and indifference by policymakers.  This crisis reaches into every sector of our transportation system and we are committed to its reversal. The most significant barrier to restoring America’s surface […]

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Sequestration Risks Our Economy and Transportation System

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As our economy remains on a slow path to recovery, obstructionists in Congress are poised to force sequestration – indiscriminate and reckless cuts in federal spending – that would take effect on March 1 in the absence of a congressional deal. The politicians are saying America needs a full economic recovery led by middle class […]

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