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RELEASE: Following Furloughs, Rail Workers Demand Immediate Federal Inspections of BNSF Locomotives and Rail Cars

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WASHINGTON – The Shop Craft Unions at Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway are urgently calling upon the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to initiate unannounced focus inspections on all locomotives and rail cars owned and leased by BNSF Railway, and immediately issue non-compliance orders requiring BNSF to fix all found defects before being permitted to […]

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25 Years in the Labor Movement, Over 100 Years in the Making

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Shari Semelsberger’s journey at the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) began on February 8, 1999, but her roots in the labor movement date back much further. On either side, Shari’s family’s history within the American labor cause dates back to more than a century ago.  Her identity and her values are intertwined with the principles […]

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Labor Leaders Condemn Ill-Conceived Plan to Raise Pilot Retirement Age

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WASHINGTON—On the eve of a key vote in the Senate, labor leaders voiced their united opposition to a special-interest-driven proposal to raise the airline pilot retirement age in the United States. During a media call today, Capt. Jason Ambrosi, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) president; Liz Shuler, American Federation of Labor and Congress of […]

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Ahead of East Palestine Anniversary, Rail Chiefs Renew Calls for Safety Reforms

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WASHINGTON – Today, 13 rail union leaders gathered for a virtual media briefing to warn of ongoing safety threats within the freight rail industry ahead of the one-year anniversary of the toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on the evening of February 3rd. Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the […]

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SAG-AFTRA and AFL-CIO Host 5th Annual Labor Innovation & Technology Summit to Empower Tomorrow’s Workforce

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LAS VEGAS — Today, the AFL-CIO, the AFL-CIO Technology Institute and SAG-AFTRA co-hosted their fifth annual Labor Innovation & Technology Summit. Across two days, the Summit convenes movement leaders and working people to discuss and develop strategies to ensure ethical technology adoption and center workers at the heart of emerging technologies. The Summit coincided with […]

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TTD Calls for Reopening of Rail Border Crossings

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WASHINGTON– Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement regarding the closure of two freight rail crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border: “As the nation’s largest transportation federation, we are proud to represent thousands of workers who move critical freight into and around the country, […]

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Coalition Rejects Proposal to Replace U.S. Workers With Low-Wage Foreign Workers

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WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following response to Overseas Shipping Group CEO Sam Norton’s remarks, in which he called for replacing U.S. mariners with low-wage foreign workers to solve the maritime industry worker shortage: “As the nation’s largest transportation labor federation, […]

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TTD Applauds Federal Grants for High-Speed Rail Projects

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WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement applauding the Department of Transportation’s decision to award $3 billion each to California High-Speed Rail and Brightline West through the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program, , as part of $8.2 billion in […]

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TTD Applauds Strengthening of Domestic Content in NDAA

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WASHINGTON– Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement applauding the inclusion of language that would strengthen domestic content preferences for major defense programs in the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): “As the nation’s largest transportation labor federation, we represent thousands […]

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TTD Welcomes Proposed Drug, Alcohol Testing Rule For Foreign Air Repair Station Workers

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WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rule to require drug and alcohol testing for safety-sensitive workers at foreign air repair stations: “For more than 20 years, we have called for greater federal […]

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