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  • Carmen Division , Legislative Outlook , TCU October 1, 2018

    FRA to renew Rail Safety Advisory Committee

    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced that it will be re-establishing the Rail Safety Advisory Committee – commonly known as ‘RSAC.’ The committee’s charter was recently dissolved in order to redesign the charter’s memberships and voting-eligibility. Rail labor unions have been assured that their voting ability and weights will not be reduced. Rather, the

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU September 21, 2018

    TTD: Freight rail safety, jobs must not be jeopardized in pursuit of profits

    The following is an article by Transportation Trades Department (TTD, AFL-CIO) President Larry Willis. TCU/IAM is an affiliate of TTD’s Rail Labor Division.   SEP 20, 2018 MOVEAMERICA BLOG, RAIL FREIGHT RAIL SAFETY, JOBS MUST NOT BE JEOPARDIZED IN PURSUIT OF PROFITS By Larry I. Willis There is little disagreement among lawmakers, frontline workers, government agencies, and even

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU August 27, 2018

    Reps. Takano, Boyle meet with Amtrak reservations agents

    Earlier this summer, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) and Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-13) visited with Amtrak reservations agents at call centers in their respective districts. Their visits came at a crucial time as Amtrak is currently in the process of setting up an outsourcer and could shutter one of the two facilities. Combined, the call centers

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU August 6, 2018

    Senate confronts Amtrak on numerous issues [corrected]

    Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a transportation spending bill that included another record $1.94 billion in funding for Amtrak, while also attaching a number of amendments targeting Amtrak operations. These amendments come after months of controversial service and operational changes instituted by Amtrak’s new CEO, Richard Anderson. And despite Congress showing strong support for

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU May 16, 2018

    2018 Legislative Conference – TCU Lobbies Congress

    Last week, a number of TCU/IAM local leaders and retirees joined hundreds of other Machinists at the 2018 IAMAW Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Their goal was to get the issues facing our members front-and-center before Congress, and the conference was a resounding success.  On Tuesday, May 8th, TCU National Vice President and Legislative Director

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