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Canadian Pacific (CP) CEO Hunter Harrison has faced a wall of opposition ever since announcing his intention to merge with Norfolk Southern (NS) last November - and that wall includes NS itself....
The TCU Legislative Department hopes everyone had a fun and safe holiday season and wishes you the best in this new year!
And to ring in 2016, we wanted to provide a recap of the happenings in DC last month.
This past December there was much to celebrate for TCU members as Santa arrived a bit early, packing just the right amount of legislative eggnog to satisfy the lobbying world and send DC into holiday hibernation. Between the passage of the Surface Transportation bill (FAST Act) and the two-year delay of the healthcare excise tax, many of our members can rest assured that their jobs and benefits will continue for [at least] the near future...
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.
International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced the appointment of Sandy Gardner and Michael Manzo as Transportation Department Special Representatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
General 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.
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.
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....
International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced John Werkmeister would join the Transportation Department as a Special Representative.
International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced the appointment of Brianna Gregory as Transportation Department Education Representative.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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.
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.
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 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.
Community! That was the message being shouted at this year's AIDS Walk held in New York City's Central Park.