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The Hill Covers TTD’s Push for Increased Surface Transportation Funding

As published by Keith Laing in The Hill.   Unions push for highway spending Increase The AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) said Friday that Congress should find a way to increase the amount of money the federal government spends on the nation’s infrastructure, despite the fact that federal funding for road and transit systems has […]

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Support Short-Term Extension of Highway/Transit Programs, Move on Long-Term Bill

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to express support for the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of2015 (H.R. 2353), which would provide a short-term extension for our federal highway and transit funding programs. When it became clear that Congress, 10 months removed from the last extension, would be […]

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The Hill Covers TTD’s Take on Grow America

As published by Keith Laing in The Hill.   Unions: Obama ‘right’ to push for long-term highway bill The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) said Wednesday that President Obama is “right” to push lawmakers to pass a long-term infrastructure funding measure. White House officials sent a six-year, $478 billion transportation bill to Congress on Monday […]

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Grow America 2.0: Reenergizing the Transportation Debate

If you commute to work, the odds are good that you spend your time dodging potholes, or stuck in traffic that sprawls out as far as the eye can see, or watching from the bus stop as at-capacity buses pass you by. Whatever your experience each morning and afternoon, your commutes are a constant reminder […]

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The Hill on TTD’s Support for the Gas Tax

As published by Keith Laing in The Hill   Unions seek to protect federal gas tax A top labor union is fighting to save the federal gas tax, arguing that eliminating it would ruin the nation’s transportation system. The AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) said Friday that without the gas tax the nation would be left […]

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Devolution: Impractical and Unviable at Best

The weather’s getting warmer, and with that we’re flashing back to last summer in more ways than one: once again, we’re just two and a half months out from watching the Highway Trust Fund go bankrupt. The last short-term extension, which Congress passed last August, will keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent until May 31st of […]

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Often Overlooked, Infrastructure Receives John Oliver Boost

For a few short minutes two weeks ago, 4.1 million Americans may have understood the problems of failing to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. It wasn’t because a bridge collapsed; it wasn’t because a sinkhole opened up in the middle of a highway; and it wasn’t because of an accident on an aging transit […]

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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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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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Preview of 2015 Surface Transportation Agenda

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

In 1993, Intel shipped the first-generation Pentium chips and Nintendo released Star Fox for the Super Nintendo system; the average monthly rent was $532.00; and tuition to Harvard University cost $23,514. A lot has changed since then. One thing, though, hasn’t changed at all: the federal gas tax. When last raised – to 18.4 cents […]

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