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U.S., European Unions Agree: Ground NAI Scheme

BEFORE THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON, DC Application of Docket No. OST‐2013‐0204 NORWEGIAN AIR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED for an exemption under 49 U.S.C. § 40109 and a foreign air carrier permit pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 41301 (US‐EU Open Skies) JOINT ANSWER OF AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION, TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT, AFL‐CIO, EUROPEAN COCKPIT ASSOCIATION, ASSOCIATION […]

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TTD, Transportation Secretary Foxx Hold Roundtable to Advance Priorities

Washington, DC— Today the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and its 32 member unions hosted a Roundtable with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to urge action on a broad policy agenda unveiled by TTD unions in February: “Washington, DC is too often defined by dysfunction and inaction,” said TTD President Edward Wytkind, following the Roundtable. “Today’s […]

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Intolerance for Unsafe Workplaces

By Ed Wytkind

Each year, thousands of transportation workers are hurt or killed on the job. These women and men devote their lives to keeping our transportation system — the backbone of the U.S. economy — running, and they deserve far better. This Tuesday, April 28 is Workers Memorial Day: a time to remember those workers who have […]

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TTD Celebrates 25 Years of Advocacy on Behalf of America’s Transportation Unions

Affiliates Re-Elect Wytkind, Willis   ATLANTA, GA—The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and leaders of its 32 member unions convened their winter convention over the weekend, celebrated TTD’s 25th anniversary, and rolled out their 2015 policy agenda. With most major transportation investment bills pending this year, including the rewrite of aviation, surface transportation, and passenger rail […]

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Eight Principles for a Long-Term Surface Transportation Reauthorization

The current surface transportation authorization, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), expired last fall. Congress has passed an extension bill that is set to expire at the end of May, which means the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) that invests in transit and highway programs faces insolvency again if lawmakers fail […]

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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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Roll Call on Open Skies Language in Omnibus Bill

Norwegian Air Cites Supportive Language In Omnibus As published by Tom Curry in Roll Call Advisors to Norwegian Air International contacted me Wednesday to point out that I had neglected in my post on the omnibus spending bill to note an important paragraph which, they say, supports Norwegian’s argument that the Department of Transportation ought to issue […]

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Legislation Strengthens Cargo Preference Laws, Helps Veterans Enter U.S. Mariner Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C.—TTD President Edward Wytkind issued the following statement today on the Howard Coble Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014: “We are pleased that congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on the Coast Guard’s 2014 Reauthorization bill and urge the House and Senate to approve this legislation before Congress adjourns for the year. This […]

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188 Members of Congress Urge U.S. DOT to #DenyNAI

By Ed Wytkind

How strongly do members of Congress feel that Norwegian Air International (NAI)’s application for a foreign air carrier permit should be denied? Yesterday, on the eve of a U.S.-European Commission (EC) Joint Committee meeting to discuss the NAI case, 188 House members, led by Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY) and Albio Sires (D-NJ), delivered an unambiguous […]

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TTD Supports Sharing Emergency Response Plans with First Responders

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to comment on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Hazardous Materials, Oil Spill Response Plans (OSRPs) for High-Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFTs). By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliate unions representing workers across the transportation spectrum, including the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) whose members answer the call when transportation-related emergencies occur. We therefore have a vested interest in this proceeding.

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