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United Rail Unions sue to block carriers from modifying Healthcare benefits without bargaining

United Rail Unions sue to block carriers from modifying Healthcare benefits without bargaining

On August 5, 2020, 12 rail unions whose members and their families are covered by the NRC/UTU Plan and the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan, filed suit against the nation’s Class I railroad carriers in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
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2021 ATDA Scholarship

2021 ATDA Scholarship

The 2021 ATDA scholarship application period is now open.  Please select the link below to download the application form.  Follow the…
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Rail Labor Letter to FRA

Rail Labor Letter to FRA

On March 13th, the FRA opened the Emergency Relief Docket (FRA-2020-0002) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), activating the provisions of 49 CFR § 211.45. These provisions grant the FRA wide latitude to expeditiously waive its regulations, including those that concern rail safety and the wellbeing and fair treatment of employees. For these reasons, we are carefully monitoring requests for relief made to the docket and may file additional comments on present or future petitions.
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Rail News

  • Restore and Improve RSAC
    On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Federal Railroad Administration’s request for comment on its announcement of a public meeting concerning the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee process. TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including railroad employees. We therefore have a vested interest in this… Read more »
  • Biden’s Infrastructure Package Is Designed to Boost Unions
    As reported by Kate Davidson and Amara Omeokwe for The Wall Street Journal President Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan to invest in infrastructure, clean energy and caregiving over the coming decade would be a boon for construction workers, truck drivers, electricians and home health aides. Both critics and supporters of the initiative say it will also […] The post Biden’s Infrastructure… Read more »
  • Trump Administration ADS Framework is a Nonstarter
    On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Department of Transportation’s request for comments entitled Framework for Automated Driving System Safety. TTD consists of 33 affiliate unions representing workers in all modes of transportation, including drivers and other ground transportation workers whose safety, security, and livelihoods have the potential to be seriously… Read more »
  • President Biden’s American Jobs Plan: Visionary leadership working families have been waiting for
    Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the 33 union Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion proposal for investing in infrastructure, tackling climate change, and making America more equitable: “President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would make generational investments in our nation’s transportation system, and […] The post President Biden’s… Read more »
  • Unlikely alliances push for action on infrastructure, but will they last?
    As reported by Kate Ackley and Jessica Wehrman for Roll Call As President Joe Biden lays out a multitrillion-dollar plan Wednesday in Pittsburgh to remake the nation’s infrastructure, lobbying interests across sectors and spanning the ideological spectrum are forming tenuous alliances to prod Congress to act. The debate is expected to dominate the K Street […] The post Unlikely alliances… Read more »
  • Rail Labor and Management Call on Senators to Co-Sponsor S.545, the Railroad Employee Equality and Fairness (REEF) Act, to End Sequestration on Unemployment and Sickness BenefitsRail Labor and Management Call on Senators to Co-Sponsor S.545, the Railroad Employee Equality and Fairness (REEF) Act, to End Sequestration on Unemployment and Sickness Benefits
    We, the undersigned, write in support of the Railroad Unemployment Equity and Fairness Act (REEF Act), S. 545, introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Deb Fischer (R-NE). This bipartisan bill would eliminate the legacy sequester on railroad unemployment and sickness benefits that has unfairly short-changed railroad workers and their families for nearly a… Read more »
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AFL-CIO News

  • Service + Solidarity Spotlight: RWDSU Continues Fight to Hold Amazon AccountableService + Solidarity Spotlight: RWDSU Continues Fight to Hold Amazon Accountable
    Service + Solidarity Spotlight: RWDSU Continues Fight to Hold Amazon Accountable Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story. Today, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)… Read more »
  • Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Colorado AFL-CIO Fights to End the Exploitation of FarmworkersService + Solidarity Spotlight: Colorado AFL-CIO Fights to End the Exploitation of Farmworkers
    Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Colorado AFL-CIO Fights to End the Exploitation of Farmworkers Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story. On César Chávez Day, the Colorado General… Read more »
  • Not A Spectator Sport: The Working People Weekly List
    Not A Spectator Sport: The Working People Weekly List Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s the latest edition of the Working People Weekly List. 'Passing the PRO Act Is Not a Spectator Sport': AFL-CIO Leads National Day of Action: "The AFL-CIO is encouraging people… Read more »
  • Service + Solidarity Spotlight: On the Yellow Brick Road to Success: BAC Volunteers for Community Improvement Project in Hawaii
    Service + Solidarity Spotlight: On the Yellow Brick Road to Success: BAC Volunteers for Community Improvement Project in Hawaii Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story. For… Read more »
  • Pass the PRO Act: In the States RoundupPass the PRO Act: In the States Roundup
    Pass the PRO Act: In the States Roundup It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations on Twitter. Alaska AFL-CIO: Union or not, the PRO Act will benefit all working people in this country. It’s time to solidify… Read more »
  • Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Calls on Governor to Ensure Budget Supports Working FamiliesService + Solidarity Spotlight: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Calls on Governor to Ensure Budget Supports Working Families
    Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Calls on Governor to Ensure Budget Supports Working Families Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO, led by… Read more »
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