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TTD: Maritime Cargo Preference Laws Must be Strengthened

ORLANDO, FL—Transportation unions vowed to protect and create U.S. maritime jobs by strengthening enforcement of cargo preference laws and reversing recent congressional action that undermined these longstanding requirements. Meeting this week, the Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) criticized legislation adopted in 2012, as part of an 11th hour deal on a […]

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Reforms to Strengthen U.S. Maritime Cargo Preference Laws

U.S. government policy has long recognized the importance of a strong U.S. merchant marine to our national economy and global defense network.  These policies and laws reflect the changing dynamics of the global maritime system, and are designed to promote the health and viability of a privately owned U.S.-flag fleet and the maintenance of a […]

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Maritime Industry Gets Its Day

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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Get Your Crawler Cranes Ready, Congress Wants to Fund Harbor Maintenance

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

One big reason to celebrate passage in the House of the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (H.R.4348) is the successful amendment adopted today that will provide funding to upgrade our harbors. Of course, there are many other reasons to celebrate a surface transportation bill going to conference between the House and Senate, mainly that […]

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News Flash: the RAMP Act is Bipartisan. Pass it!

With so much attention directed at other things in Washington, such as partisan fighting, brinksmanship and the chronically delayed surface transportation bill, our ports and maritime industry sort of need a foghorn on steroids to get someone’s attention. Well, now more than 180 House lawmakers – yes on both sides of the aisle – are […]

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