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Transportation Labor Supports Congressional Agreement on FAA Reauthorization

Washington, DC – Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018: “Transportation labor applauds leaders in the House and Senate for crafting bipartisan legislation that provides needed stability for our nation’s aviation system, strengthens safety, and supports investments that will […]

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TTD President Edward Wytkind Discusses Dangers Facing Aviation Workers on America’s Workforce Radio

Keeping our government accountable for the safety of working people is often a tough job, but it is essential for industries across the transportation sector. Aviation is no exception. Earlier this week, TTD President Edward Wytkind went on America’s Workforce Radio to discuss two longstanding issues that place our aviation workforce at risk on a […]

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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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National Aviation Day, Meet Washington

What’s the best way to manage the world’s busiest, safest and ever-growing aviation system? Here’s a hint: playing chicken with the funding clock isn’t the answer. Today is National Aviation Day, which is a good day to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of U.S. aviation. It is also a perfect opportunity to remind politicians in Washington […]

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AINonline on TTD’s Drone Safety Stance

As published by Robert P. Mark in AINonline.   Transportation Trades Group Speaks Out on Drone Safety The Transportation Trades Division (TTD) of the AFL–CIO will not endorse commercial operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) until “the necessary FAA safety standards are in place ensuring one level of safety for any type of aircraft or […]

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Transportation Labor Sets Comprehensive 2015 Agenda

ATLANTA, GA—The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and its 32 affiliated unions waded into every major transportation policy debate in Washington and focused on expanding transportation investments, reforming safety policy, protecting workers’ rights, and rejecting job-killing trade policies. “2015 must be the year when we break the stalemate on funding our badly deteriorated transportation system […]

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Air Safety Rules Should Dictate Use of Commercial Drones

The integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or “drones,” into our nation’s airspace has received much attention in recent months. Striking the right balance between the absolute necessity of maintaining existing safety levels in the National Airspace System (NAS), the potential value of UAS to the economy, and the need for regulations that encompass the […]

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US DOT Must Ground Norwegian Air Scheme

U.S. air carriers and their employees cannot be forced to compete with foreign airlines that seek to gain an economic advantage by violating the very air transport agreements that allow them to enter the U.S. marketplace in the first place. That is why transportation labor has waged an aggressive effort to stop Norwegian Air International’s […]

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Policy Reforms to Make Hazardous Materials Transportation Safer

Few transportation safety issues have as far-reaching effects as the transport of hazardous materials and toxic chemicals. Strong laws and regulations surrounding the movement of these materials are essential to protecting not only workers but also the public and local communities who are risk when an accident occurs. Congress and the administration must address the […]

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Priorities for a Long-Term FAA Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. aviation industry plays a central role in our national economy. Two million passengers fly on 70,000 flights every single day in America. The industry supports almost 12 million jobs and over $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, and accounts for 5.4 percent of our GDP. In other words, our aviation sector is a […]

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