Tags: Transportation

Highway-Transit Bill Still Under Construction

Fri. November 20, 2015

With recent tragic events taking center-stage on Capitol Hill, President Obama reluctantly signed another two-week extension of the current Highway-Transit bill. The bill had been scheduled to expire this evening. The extension should provide lawmakers the needed time to hammer out the final details on a much longer bill that would potentially provide authorized funding for up to six years.

Buffenbarger Names Gardner and Manzo Transportation Department Special Representatives

Fri. November 06, 2015

International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced the appointment of Sandy Gardner and Michael Manzo as Transportation Department Special Representatives.

House Passes Highway-Transit Bill

Thu. November 05, 2015

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed their Surface Transportation bill (a.k.a. “Highway” bill). After votes on over 100 amendments, the bill eventually passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 363-64. Notably, the House rejected the Ribble amendment that would have increased truck weight limitations. TCU had urged lawmakers numerous times to strike the language, and it looks like they were listening.

Congress Extends PTC Deadline

Fri. October 30, 2015

On Wednesday, Congress moved to extend the Positive Train Control (PTC) deadline by three years, clearing the way for railroads to continue operations as they work to properly install, test, and fully implement the new safety network.

TTD Applauds Confirmation Of Feinberg As FRA Chief

Thu. October 29, 2015

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sarah Feinberg as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Feinberg had been serving as Acting Administrator for the past nine months.

House Committee Introduces Highway-Transit Bill

Mon. October 19, 2015

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a six-year, $325 billion reauthorization bill for our nation’s highway and transit programs. The bill provides $261 billion for highways and $55 billion for transit, and the rest being assigned to safety programs. The Committee is scheduled to begin the markup process on Thursday, October 22nd.

Extend the PTC Deadline

Fri. September 18, 2015

In the aftermath of recent incidents on our nation’s railways - including the deadly derailment of the Amtrak Northeast Regional outside Philadelphia - lawmakers and the general public have been pushing for increased safety. Front-and-center in this debate has been the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems to our nation’s railroads.

ViewPoint with Steve Brando

Tue. September 15, 2015

The Job Corps Training program at TCU/IAM successfully trains and places youth in jobs within the transportation industry. Steve Brando, National Coordinator for Job Corps, talks about the success and importance of the program and how to qualify.

TCU Opposes Weight Limit Increases for Trucks

Mon. September 14, 2015

On September 14, National President Bob Scardelletti wrote a letter to all members of the House of Representatives opposing any increase in weight limitations for trucks. An increase would unfairly and unnecessarily threaten the freight railroad industry and our members who help run the nation's most efficient, cost-effective, and greenest mode of transportation...

Over 600 Delegates Attend the 2015 IAM Transportation Conference

Sat. August 29, 2015

Sito and BuffGeneral Vice President Sito Pantoja presents International President Tom Buffenbarger a framed photo of one of Buffenbarger's heroes, John Lennon at the 2015 Transportation Conference.

The 2015 IAM Transportation Conference, the largest ever, kicked-off this week in Hollywood, Florida with 600 delegates, including delegates from the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) and the Canadian Territory.

TCU Weighs In On Positive Train Control (PTC)

Fri. July 31, 2015

On Monday, July 27th, TCU National Vice President and Legislative Director Ron Kloos joined John Risch of the SMART Transportation Division in asking the U.S. Senate to support a revised deadline for rail carriers to implement Positive Train Control (PTC). The letter asks Senators not to allow a PTC extension to derail a potential long-term transportation funding bill and also warns of the potential impact of keeping the current end-of-year deadline.

Congress Punts on Surface Transportation Bill

Thu. July 30, 2015

As Congress heads home for the month of August they are again “kicking the can” – this time on the Surface Transportation (“Highway”) bill. While the Senate passed its version of the bill, the House of Representatives has refused to bring up the legislation before going on vacation. Now, instead of passing a 6-year authorization (with 3-year funding), the two chambers have voted to extend current funding levels for three months – hoping to give themselves time to come to an agreement on a long-term bill....

Buffenbarger Names Werkmeister as Transportation Department Special Representative

Fri. November 21, 2014

International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced John Werkmeister would join the Transportation Department as a Special Representative.

Gregory to Join Transportation Department Staff

Mon. September 08, 2014

International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced the appointment of Brianna Gregory as Transportation Department Education Representative.

ITF Congress Elects IAM/TCU Reps to Key Leadership Positions

Wed. August 20, 2014

The 43rd International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria ended on August 16th after a week of strategizing to protect transportation workers globally. The Congress of more than 1,700 delegates elected several IAM and TCU officials to leadership positions for a term of four years.

An Unstoppable Force

Fri. October 25, 2013

It was a proud moment as TCU and IAM joined forces again this year during the transportation union's annual meeting. Topping the list of discussion was health care and pensions.

Star of America

Wed. September 11, 2013

In the 1940's the world of aviation introduced the Constellation or "Connie." This plane broke records and ultimately gave people the opportunity to see the world.

Foxx Nominated to Head DOT

Mon. April 29, 2013

                                   Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has bee tapped to run the DOT

The Obama Administration today nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the Department of Transportation, replacing current Secretary Ray Lahood.

Foxx has received much praise for his efforts in expanding and improving Charlotte's transit infrastructure as a way to grow the economy. 

"The IAM looks forward to working with Mayor Foxx to address many of the nation's transportation issues," said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "We look forward to assist in expediting Mayor Foxx' confirmation."  

The post requires Senate approval. 

COMTO's Celebrating Women Who Move The Nation Awards

Mon. March 25, 2013

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) honored ten women for demonstrated leadership abilities, commitment to diversity and inclusion, advocacy for other women and support of historically underutilized businesses in both the public and private sectors.  Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Never Giving Up The Good Fight

Fri. February 15, 2013

February is Black History Month.  A time to celebrate African Americans who in many cases changed the world with their contributions.  Labor leaders of today are still working to do the same.

IAM and United Agree to Expedite Contract Talks

Mon. August 13, 2012

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced an agreement with United Airlines to enter into expedited contract negotiations with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB) for six classifications covering 35,400 employees at the airline.

Delta to Shut Down Comair

Mon. July 30, 2012

Delta Air Lines announced Friday plans to shut down its commuter subsidiary Comair Inc. The IAM represents 224 aircraft maintenance and related workers at the airline who will be affected by the closure. Recognizing that Comair was having financial difficulties, IAM District Lodge 142 had attempted to negotiate an agreement that would address Delta’s attempt to reduce costs while providing for the future of Comair and the members the IAM represents. The IAM’s request for future job security was not met with a response.

Ready to Walk

Wed. June 20, 2012

Community! That was the message being shouted at this year's AIDS Walk held in New York City's Central Park.

IAM to Weigh US Airways Takeover of American Airlines

Fri. April 20, 2012


Washington, D.C., April 20, 2012 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today reassured its members at US Airways that it will aggressively represent their interests in any potential takeover of bankrupt American Airlines.

First Point of Contact

Fri. January 20, 2012

January 19, 2012 - They are the men and women on the front line at United Airlines.  The first point of contact for many passengers and the reason so many travelers come back to United year after year.

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