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Support the REEF Act

Support the REEF Act

We are writing to you to ask you to support the “Railroad Unemployment Equity and Fairness Act (“REEF Act”), S. 4860, sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The REEF Act ends the unfair sequestration of Railroad Retirement Sickness and Unemployment benefits for railroad workers who become unemployed or sick on the job.
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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 News

  • Transportation labor joins President Biden to celebrate Amtrak at 50, set bold vision for future of passenger railTransportation labor joins President Biden to celebrate Amtrak at 50, set bold vision for future of passenger rail
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Greg Regan, president of the 33-union Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), today joined President Joe Biden, labor union leaders, and frontline workers to mark Amtrak’s 50th anniversary, and set a bold, new vision for passenger rail in America. Together, labor leaders, Amtrak’s workers and passengers, and President Biden are calling for passage […] The post Transportation labor… Read more »
  • America just witnessed one of the most pro-worker, pro-union speeches in Presidential history
    Marking his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress yesterday, where he laid out his vision for the future of our country. That vision prioritizes working people, their families, and their needs. President Biden called for growing the economy from the bottom and middle out. He made the […] The post America just… Read more »
  • Workers Memorial Day: Remembering those we lost and fighting for a safer future
    Washington, DC—Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement commemorating the 50th observance of Workers Memorial Day: “On Workers Memorial Day, as we pause to remember and honor those injured and killed at work, we are reminded in the starkest ways that safety in the workplace doesn’t simply happen. It […] The post Workers Memorial… Read more »
  • Just transition needed in transit electrification, labor leaders say
    President Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan calls for a major investment in EVs and electrified transit, with a focus on what a senior administration official described as "infrastructure for the future." But the labor groups said as public transportation agencies forge ahead with plans to electrify their vehicles, transit workers, including operators and mechanics, are not being prepared to transition to an electric future away… Read more »
  • VIDEO: Freight trains in the U.S. are a disaster waiting to happenVIDEO: Freight trains in the U.S. are a disaster waiting to happen
    Last month, VICE Media exposed the dangers of a new business model taking hold in the freight rail industry called Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR). The goal of PSR is to line the pockets of wealthy shareholders by prioritizing cost cutting and profits over safety and service. Now, VICE News has released a companion video that […] The post VIDEO: Freight… Read more »
  • Transit Unions Announce five key policies to protect, promote workers as U.S. moves to zero-emission vehiclesTransit Unions Announce five key policies to protect, promote workers as U.S. moves to zero-emission vehicles
    Washington, DC—Today, the leaders of the unions representing America’s public transit workforce and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), laid out five key policies Congress and the federal government must follow as the U.S. seeks to reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning to zero-emission vehicles, including battery-electric buses. The policies come on the heels of […] The post Transit Unions… Read more »
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AFL-CIO News

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Bethany KhanAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Bethany Khan
    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Bethany Khan For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this year, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights in the United States. Today's profile is Bethany Khan. Bethany Khan is the director of communications and digital strategy… Read more »
  • Service + Solidarity Spotlight: AFGE Local 2328: Union Holds Workers Memorial Day Event at VA Medical CenterService + Solidarity Spotlight: AFGE Local 2328: Union Holds Workers Memorial Day Event at VA Medical Center
    Service + Solidarity Spotlight: AFGE Local 2328: Union Holds Workers Memorial Day Event at VA Medical Center   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. Dozens of… Read more »
  • Economy Gains 266,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Little Changed at 6.1%Economy Gains 266,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Little Changed at 6.1%
    Economy Gains 266,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Little Changed at 6.1% The U.S. economy gained 266,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1%, according to figures released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In response to the April job numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs said: "There was no progress in reducing the number of… Read more »
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Jeffrey OmuraAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Jeffrey Omura
    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Jeffrey Omura For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this year, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights in the United States. Today's profile is Jeffrey Omura. Jeffrey Omura was recently elected to his second term as… Read more »
  • Fighting for Worker Power: What Working People Are Doing This WeekFighting for Worker Power: What Working People Are Doing This Week
    Fighting for Worker Power: What Working People Are Doing This Week Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week. A. Philip Randolph Institute:… Read more »
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Betty TamAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Betty Tam
    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profiles: Betty Tam For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this year, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights in the United States. Today's profile is Betty Tam. Betty Tam works as a marketing data analyst at Union… Read more »
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