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Rail Labor Statement on National Contract Proposals

By Samantha Brown

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO today released the following statement on behalf of the 13 rail worker unions involved in the ongoing national contract negotiations with the freight railroads: “Today, July 24, 2022, the United Rail Unions, who are bargaining as part of the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition and the Brotherhood […]

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VIDEO: TTD President’s Speech at AFL-CIO Convention

By Admin

TTD President Greg Regan spoke at the 2022 AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention to discuss how the American Rescue Plan was a worker-first legislative lifeline that saved millions of transportation workers and services during the pandemic. Watch Video here.

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Joint union letter with Clean School Bus Program recommendations

By Admin

The $5 billion authorized for clean school buses under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has the potential to set the U.S. school bus industry on an entirely new path. However, the extent to which communities genuinely benefit from this investment will depend, in large part, on how the EPA implements this program. On the one hand, it could lead to significantly lower carbon emissions, cleaner air for our kids and communities, and the development of a high-road medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle sector in the United States. On the other, it could lead to stagnation in the industry, job losses, decreasing wages, and increased poverty and inequality. We are hopeful that, under your direction, the Agency will take all actions possible to ensure that the Clean School Bus Program improves “job opportunities for millions of Americans by focusing on high labor standards for these jobs, including prevailing wages and the free and fair chance to join a union.”

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Joint Declaration of U.S. and European Transportation Unions in Opposition To Norwegian Air International Flag of Convenience Scheme

By Admin

  Air Line Pilots Association, International European Cockpit Association Association of Flight Attendants-CWA European Transport Workers Federation International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Norsk Flygerforbund (Norwegian ALPA) Transport Workers Union Parat Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO   As leaders of transportation unions on both sides of the Atlantic, we call on the governments of the […]

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Serious Times Call for Serious Jobs Agenda

By Admin

If you are a regular MOVEAmerica blog reader it won’t surprise you to know that not much surprises me when it comes to a lack of action in Washington in advancing real job-creating programs. That is why I was privileged to participate today at an event that is a sharp contrast to the dysfunction and […]

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ILWU Unity Saves Good Jobs, Pushes Back on Outsourcing Epidemic

By Admin

What happened this week on the West Coast with longshore workers is a testament to why unity works when employers pursue sinister agendas.  Southern California union members stood up against a powerful shipping industry to protect good jobs from being outsourced, and won. These clerical workers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) […]

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Shhhh…Don’t Tell Mitt Romney Massachusetts Has a Maritime Industry

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

The port and maritime sector can be an impressive driver of our economy — our ports support 13 million jobs, port activity injects more than $3.15 trillion into the U.S. economy, and one in five dollars spent here is related to port and maritime activity. Luckily for the economy and transportation workers, President Obama has […]

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Two Transportation Visions on Collision Course

By Admin

At least one governor appreciates what transportation investments can do for his state. Governor Jerry Brown of California stood side by side with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Port of Oakland earlier this week, building on the new momentum behind the state’s ambitious high-speed rail plans.  Fresh off the actions of state legislators who […]

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Steelworkers: Do You Really Know Who They Are?

By Admin

The United Steelworkers (USW) union is celebrating a milestone today in Cleveland — it is turning 70 years old. I’m willing to bet that many in America pass by a steelworker every week without knowing they do more than smelt, mine for ore and hammer metals; they are in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals and […]

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Maritime Industry Gets Its Day

By Admin

Being a bus driver or pilot or machinist might not sound like a dangerous profession to some, but at TTD, we know that for the vast majority of transportation workers hazardous working conditions are a way of life. Maritime and port workers certainly understand this.  They not only battle the elements and the daily rigors […]

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