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Congress Must Complete a Multi-Year Air Safety Bill

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Dear Representative/Senator:   Now that Congress has completed work on a funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), we urge you to turn your attention to swift completion of a multi-year FAA Reauthorization Act. Passage of an FAA bill is critical to air safety, will create more than 300,000 good jobs and will modernize […]

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Support the USPS Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011

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Dear Representative: On behalf of the 32 member unions of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), including the National Association of Letter Carriers, I urge you to support and co-sponsor the United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011 (H.R. 1351), a common sense piece of legislation that would restore fiscal […]

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House Transportation Appropriations Proposal Must Be Rejected

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The Honorable Patty Murray Chairman Senate Appropriations Transportation-HUD Subcommittee 448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Susan Collins Ranking Member Senate Appropriations Transportation-HUD Subcommittee 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Murray and Ranking Member Collins: Last week, the House Appropriations Transportation-HUD Subcommittee marked up a bill that would […]

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Support the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011 (H.R. 2887)

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Dear Representative:  On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am writing to urge your support for the Surface and Air Transportation Program Extension Act of 2011 (H.R. 2887) when it is considered in the House of Representatives.  This legislation will extend surface transportation programs through March 31, 2012 and aviation programs until […]

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Testimony on Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America Act of 2011

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Chairman Mica, Ranking Member Rahall and members of the Committee, I am pleased to present the views of transportation labor on the topic of today’s hearing – competition for intercity passenger rail in America. This year alone I have appeared twice before this Committee to express our opposition to the privatization and break-up of Amtrak and appreciate the opportunity today to explain why we are strongly opposed to the legislation proposed by Chairman Mica and Subcommittee Chairman Shuster.

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Transportation Labor Testifies on Opening the Northeast Corridor to Private Competition for the Development of High-Speed Rail

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Everybody agrees that America desperately needs new investment in its transportation system and infrastructure. In 2009, a report from the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission concluded that our country must invest $172 billion each year simply to maintain its existing transportation infrastructure. The costs to invest in new transport systems like modern transit and high-speed rail will require a major boost in investment.

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TTD Supports Hours of Service Change for Passenger Train Operators

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The Honorable Joseph C. Szabo Administrator Federal Railroad Administration (Attention: Docket Operations, M-30) U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Rm W-12-140 West Building Ground Floor Washington, DC  20590-0001 Re: Docket No. FRA-2009-0043, Notice No. 1: Hours of Service of Railroad Employees; Substantive Regulations for Train Employees Providing Commuter and Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation; […]

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Implementation of Positive Train Control Will Make Railroads Safer

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One of the most important enhancements to rail safety is the timely implementation of Congressionally mandated positive train control (PTC) systems that will prevent collisions and save lives.  Despite the numerous documented benefits of this technology, our nation’s rail companies continue to resist timely implementation of this life saving technology.  Although the current language in […]

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Vote No on the Ryan Budget Resolution

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Dear Representative: Later today, the House of Representatives will consider a resolution proposed by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan establishing the budget for FY2012 (H. Con. Res. 34, the “Ryan Resolution”).  On behalf of the 32 member unions of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to oppose this resolution as it would […]

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Preserve Fair Union Election Rules

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Support the LaTourette-Costello Amendment to Preserve Fair Union Election Rules Dear Representative: When the House considers FAA Reauthorization (H.R. 658) later this week, Reps. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and Jerry Costello (D-IL) will offer an amendment that will preserve union election rules for aviation and rail workers that allow a majority of those voting to decide […]

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