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Airline Flight Crew Must be Covered Under the Family Medical Leave Act

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Due to an anomaly in the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) many workers in the airline industry have been unintentionally excluded from receiving protections provided for by this landmark legislation.  Since 1993, millions of American workers needing to address serious family or medical issues have found job protection and security through the FMLA.  Under this […]

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Cross-Border Transportation Programs Put the Public at Risk

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Since the early days of the Bush Administration, the President has sought to grant Mexico-domiciled motor carriers unfettered access to U.S. highways.  In pursuing this policy through a recent “pilot program,” the Administration has ignored the safety and security threats posed by allowing poorly regulated and virtually un-inspected trucks to enter unencumbered onto American highways.  […]

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Fairness for Amtrak Workers

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After eight years of stonewalling by Amtrak management, nine unions were able to reach tentative collective bargaining agreements with the company on January 18, 2008.  With the remaining unions at Amtrak reaching similar agreements with the company, Congress must now ensure that the passenger carrier has sufficient funding to meet its contractual obligations to its […]

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Defending Against Airline Mergers that Harm Workers, Passengers and Communities

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Congress and our Government must protect the public interest as the major airlines threaten to launch another era of mergers and consolidations.  Transportation labor is deeply concerned that a new wave of mergers could cascade into a massive restructuring that harms workers, passengers and the air transportation needs of communities across the nation. While news […]

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Support Port Security Grant Funding

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Chairman David E. Price Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Room B-307 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   Dear Chairman Price:   As you know, there are a variety of troubling cutbacks in President Bush’s 2009 budget.  I write today to address one of these issues, the cuts in the Port Security Grant Program. […]

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Support the S-Miner Act

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Dear Representative:   On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) I urge you to support H.R. 2768, the Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (“S-MINER Act”) when the House considers this bill today.  This legislation will provide the nation’s mine workers critically important health and safety protections designed to prevent crippling […]

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Save Amtrak, Oppose Sununu Amendment

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Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to support S. 294, a bill to reauthorize Amtrak, and oppose the Sununu amendment which would effectively dismantle and end our national passenger railroad. For years Amtrak has been forced to limp from one financial crisis to the next and asked […]

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Support the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act

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Dear Senator: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and the flight crews represented by our affiliated unions, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act (S. 2059).  This legislation will finally address an anomaly that has prevented airline flight crews from qualifying for coverage under […]

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Support the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act, Napolitano Amendment

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Dear Representative: When the House considers H.R. 2095, the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act, we urge you to support this important legislation.  It has been over a decade since rail safety laws were updated and it is long past time that this industry and its workers see improvements. For years, transportation labor has called for […]

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Letter on DOL Amendments to Federal Public Transportation Act Application Guidelines

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Ms. Ann Comer Chief, Division of Statutory Programs Office of Labor-Management Standards Employment Standards Administration U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room N–5112 Washington, DC  20210 Re: Amendment to Guidelines for Processing Applications for Assistance to Conform to Sections 3013(h) and 3031 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act–A Legacy for […]

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