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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU April 26, 2017

    House Railroads Committee Holds Hearing on Safety Regulations

      The House Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee held a hearing today on safety regulations throughout the railroad industry. Testifying on behalf of rail labor was John Tolman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET). The debate was – at times – fierce between proponents of safety regulations and those that want

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU April 1, 2017

    Edward Wytkind: Fast Trains Will Not Just Show Up at the Station

    Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO (TTD) of which TCU is a member, stated: As President Trump has called for new investments in our infrastructure, he has routinely criticized our nation’s passenger rail system, lamenting America’s lack of ‘fast trains’. There is no denying that America should have more frequent and faster

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU March 25, 2017

    TTD Release – Right-to-Work Laws Destroy Jobs and Wages

    In a recent release from the Transportation Trader Department AFL-CIO (TTD), of which TCU is a member: Far too many politicians talk a good game about supporting working people and good jobs, but then simultaneously support policies that hollow out an already shrinking middle class. One of those policies is so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation, part of

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU March 1, 2017

    Republicans Don’t Want Employers to Keep Injury Records

    Congressional Republicans are aiming to repeal a regulation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which mandates that employers keep records of serious work-related injuries and illnesses for 5 years. This would be a major setback for workers in dangerous industries where proper record-keeping helps identify health and safety-related trends, and thus enables both employers

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU February 26, 2017

    Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman Calls for New Era of Infrastructure Investment

    In a hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Amtrak President and CEO Wick Moorman called for a new era of investment in Amtrak’s infrastructure, fleet, and stations, which are critical to the operations and future growth of passenger rail. “The time is now to invest in

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