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Aviation Unions to Congress: Missed FAA Deadlines Put Safety and Security at Risk

Last fall, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 — proof that Washington can still get things done and that bipartisan agreement is achievable on key transportation issues. This long-term reauthorization bill made critical investments in our nation’s airports and air traffic control network, and supported the work of FAA employees dedicated to safe […]

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Rail Unions to Congress: Safety is Not Negotiable

On Thursday, June 20, rail unions, including many TTD affiliates, will testify before Congress about the most pressing safety issues facing the industry and its workforce today. From recent decisions by the FRA to pressures from Wall Street that threaten safety, here is a preview of what will be discussed.

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This is why two qualified crewmembers are needed on all freight trains

Our federal government recently prioritized the profits of the freight rail industry over safety by refusing to set standards for crew train size. The same agency — the federal railroad administration — also declared state laws that do set crew size null and void, paving the way for freight trains, which can be up to […]

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This Workers Memorial Day We’re Decrying Assaults On Transit Workers – And Asking Congress to Do Something About Them

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor those who lost their lives or have been injured at work. For the men and women who keep America moving, this holiday is especially poignant. Working on the frontlines of our transportation system is never without risk. Whether working with heavy equipment and […]

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FRA, Frontline Rail Workers Shine Light on Rail Crossing Safety

Each year, hundreds of Americans are seriously injured or killed by locomotives when they intentionally or accidentally wander onto tracks or drive into the path of oncoming trains. While much has been done in the last two decades to mitigate these fatalities, it is clear more must be done to ensure rail grade crossing and […]

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Larry Willis on America’s Workforce Radio: Outsourcing Freight Rail Jobs and Undermining Safety is a Mistake

This summer, the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) allowed the freight carrier Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) to operate freight trains in the United States with crews from Mexico. TTD President Larry I. Willis joined America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc to discuss this concerning decision, and its implications, in a recent interview. The decision […]

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Two-Person Crew Train Legislation Prioritizes Safety and Common Sense

  In transportation, almost everyone talks about the need to put safety first, but when given the choice between cutting costs and lowering standards, some companies choose wrong. That is what we are seeing in the freight rail industry’s efforts to reduce crew size. Today, nearly every freight train in America is operated by two […]

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The Huffington Post — Larry Hanley, Edward Wytkind: Time to Eradicate Sweatshops on Wheels

The 40-hour work week? Check. A federal minimum wage? Yup. Ensuring our kids aren’t slaving away in dangerous factories? That, too. Standards that working Americans have come to expect — and that have given millions a chance at better wages and working conditions — can be traced back to historic legislation enacted 78 years ago […]

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Time for our Government to Put to Rest One-Person Freight Train Crews

By Ed Wytkind

Other than the lobby for the behemoth, multi-billion dollar railroad companies, almost no one believes we should permit up to 20,000-ton freight trains, many filled with things that blow up, to travel across America with a single crew member at the controls. The American people hate this idea. Across the country, in small towns and […]

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Transportation Security Officers a Key Link in Defending Our Security

Nearly two years after the tragic death of Gerardo Hernandez, the first Transportation Security Officer (TSO) killed in the line of duty, President Obama signed into law common-sense legislation that requires the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to make sure airports and high-risk surface transportation hubs have adequate plans in place to deal with shootings […]

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