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  • New Board Member Hamilton Sworn In, Assumes Position with NMB

    Washington, D.C. – The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce the arrival of new Board Member, Deirdre Hamilton.  Ms. Hamilton was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 7, 2021.  She was sworn in and assumed her position with the NMB on January 25, 2022. Continue reading:

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  • Rail Labor’s largest coalition reaches dead end on path to voluntary agreement

    After more than two years of bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads, discussions completely stalled last week. Accordingly, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act, top leaders of 10 rail unions applied to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for the assignment of a federal mediator to assist in our

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  • Rail Workers’ Right to Choose Medical Network Upheld

    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22 — An arbitrator has rejected the railroad industry’s attempt to utilize a never-before-used contract clause imposed by Congress 30 years ago to reduce the healthcare networks available to over 250,000 railroad workers and family members on the National Healthcare Plan for Railroad Employees. The decision is a major victory for railroad

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  • Coordinated Bargaining Coalition Update, September 2021

    September 22, 2021 — The Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC), negotiating together in the current round of National Negotiations, have issued the following statement: To read the statement select this link /wp-content/uploads/2021/09/CBC-Update-20210922.pdf

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  • Federal court orders UP to put BLET officers, member back to work

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 4 — A federal judge in El Paso, Texas has ordered Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to reverse the unlawful suspensions of a group of six members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) — five of whom are elected officers of Division 192 in El Paso. The judge ruled that all these union members had been wrongfully suspended by the UP in violation of the Railway Labor Act (RLA). UP had suspended these union members for a physical altercation at a private union meeting that was off-duty and completely off company premises.

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  • Rail Unions Endorse the INVEST in America Act

    On behalf of the undersigned rail labor organizations, we write today to express our strong support for H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act. This legislation would have transformative impacts across the rail industry and the nation, benefiting rail workers, consumers, travelers, and the broader economy. We applaud Chair DeFazio and Chair Payne for a bold approach to our national rail system.

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  • Biden’s First Year in Office Was a Capstone Year of Legislative Victories for Transportation Labor Unions and Workers
    From the passage of the American Rescue Plan to the biggest investment in infrastructure in U.S. history, the first year of the Biden Administration has been a capstone year of legislative victories for transportation labor unions and working people. In celebration of this anniversary, let’s take a look back at some of our most notable […] The post Biden’s First… Read more »
  • Federal Transit Administration Must Prioritize Workers in the Transition to a Clean Transit Future
    Dear Administrator Fernandez, On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to ensure that the transformative investments in Zero-Emission Buses (ZEBs) included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) promote good union jobs among the incumbent and future workforces who will be tasked with maintaining the next generation of transit […] The post Federal Transit… Read more »
  • TTD Mourns Loss of Former President Sonny Hall
    WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement about the loss of former TWU and TTD President Harold “Sonny” Hall on January 13, 2022: “We join the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the entire labor movement in mourning the loss of a true […] The post TTD Mourns… Read more »
  • Biden’s Historic Bridge Investment Will Deliver Good Union Jobs
    WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement of a historic bridge investment program, made possible by the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: “We applaud the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration […] The post Biden’s Historic… Read more »
  • Rail Labor Unions Applaud Senate Confirmation of FRA Administrator Amit Bose
    WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement after the Senate confirmed Amit Bose as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA): “We welcome Mr. Bose’s stewardship of the FRA at this pivotal moment in the history of the domestic rail industry and rail […] The post Rail Labor… Read more »
  • TTD Labor Coalition Gains Three Unions, ‘Unifies’ Rail Labor
    As reported by Progressive Railroading The Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO (TTD) last week announced the affiliation of three more unions: the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED), both divisions of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. The post TTD… Read more »
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