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Save Amtrak, Oppose Sununu Amendment

By Admin

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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Letter to DHS Secretary Chertoff on Use of Passenger Name Records

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The Honorable Michael Chertoff Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C.  20528 Dear Secretary Chertoff: We write to express our concerns about the possible collection and retention of information indicating the union affiliation of air passengers and the use of that information to determine whether a person poses a terrorism security risk.  We agree […]

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Vote Yes on the FAA Reauthorization Bill

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Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and the hundreds of thousands of aviation and related workers represented by our affiliated unions, I write to urge you to support the FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2881) when it is considered today.  While we shared our specific concerns related to amendments to this […]

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Misguided Efforts to Outsource Postal Service Work Must Be Stopped

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Across all modes of transportation, workers have witnessed a dangerous trend to outsource and privatize key government functions at the expense of good jobs, safety and security, and the efficient and reliable delivery of basic services.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is not immune from this ideological effort.  Too often, it has attempted to […]

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Reject Congressional Cuts on Overtime and Pension Earnings of Public Transportation Workers

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As Congress struggles to fund our nation’s mass transit systems, efforts to cut workers’ pay and limit pension payments as a condition of receiving federal funds must be defeated.  Specifically, legislation to fund the Washington D.C.’s mass transit system – the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) – was amended to cap overtime pay and […]

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Time to Rebuild America's Transporation System and Infrastructure

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Americans depend on a modern and safe transportation system and infrastructure to transport goods and people and to keep the economy strong.  Recent catastrophic failures show how tenuously the national system functions when under-funded and neglected by the federal government.  In 2005, Americans recoiled in horror as Louisiana levy failures inundated New Orleans with floodwaters […]

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FAA Reauthorization: Protect Aircraft Safety

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Dear Representative: When the House of Representatives considers the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 (HR 2881), we urge you to support an amendment offered by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) to extend drug and alcohol testing to maintenance work being performed on U.S. air carriers at foreign aircraft repair stations. Under current rules, individual mechanics at […]

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