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Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Funding authority for the nation’s highway and transit programs (known as MAP 21) expires at the end of May and Congress needs to pass a long-term, fully funded extension, AFL-CIO Government Affairs representative Tom Trotter recently told a Capitol Hill rally.

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Ruling Grounds Norwegian Air’s ‘Rogue’ Operation

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The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday blocked a scheme by Norwegian Air International to fly in and out of U.S. airports while at the same time—through a series of corporate maneuvers—evading Norway’s strong labor and social laws and the airline’s existing collective bargaining relationships with its own employees. DOT’s ruling, said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD):

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Time to Derail Norwegian Airline Scheme

Congress may be on break, but this month the Obama administration faces a watershed decision with huge implications for the global aviation industry and its workforce.

By Aug. 31, the Department of Transportation (DOT) must rule on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption that would allow it to begin transatlantic service in the U.S. before it has formally been granted a permit to do so. If approved, the exemption would allow NAI to move forward with a low-road operating model that will undermine good jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. It is time for our government to derail this scheme.

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Without Highway Bill, 700,000 Jobs at Risk

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If Congress doesn’t act soon, more than 700,000 middle class jobs building the nation’s highways, bridges and transit systems will be at risk. While the legislation authorizing the spending for those vital projects doesn’t expire until Sept. 30, the Highway Trust Fund that helps states pay for transportation construction and upkeep is running out of money and layoffs could begin later next month.

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Trumka: 'We've Been Talking About Infrastructure for a Long, Long Time. It's Time for Action'

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Today, working people and union members, including Ironworkers, Laborers (LIUNA), Bricklayers (BAC), Boilermakers (IBB), Electrcial Workers (IBEW), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Longshoremen (ILA), AFSCME, Seafarers (SIU), Railroad Signalmen (BRS), Transport Workers (TWU) and TCU/IAM rallied in front of the AFL-CIO's headquarters to lift up the need for jobs that build and move America through investing in our infrastructure. 

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It's Time to Rebuild America: Celebrate Infrastructure Week

It's Time to Rebuild America: Celebrate Infrastructure Week

We're celebrating Infrastructure Week 2014, which will explore funding solutions and best practices to modernize our aging infrastructure and create good midldle-class jobs. Events will be held from May 12–16 and will focus on: major infrastructure challenges, freight and goods movement, passenger transportation, drinking water and wastewater treatment. Events will be held around the country and details on specific events and locations, as well as the full agenda and registration information, are available online.  

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Norwegian Air's Foreign Air Carrier Permit Application Threatens to Undermine Wage and Labor Standards

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We've seen it happen before. Global companies do business by finding the cheapest labor to gain a competitive edge. Now this type of behavior is threatening U.S. airline workers. 

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High Stakes in Global Aviation

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A Norwegian airline registers its aircraft in Ireland, “rents” flight crews based in Thailand covered by the labor laws of Singapore and then applies for a foreign air carrier permit from the United States. Unfortunately, this is not the start of a bad joke but a new business model being peddled by Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA.

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Wytkind: Transportation Doesn’t Take Weekends Off

I encourage transportation workers everywhere to support the Letter Carriers (NALC) this Sunday for its Day of Action to educate and mobilize Americans in support of continuing six-day mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s reckless, unilateral move to end Saturday delivery will disproportionately harm those who need it the most—our nation’s poor, elderly, people with disabilities and those in rural areas. It will hurt small business, cut jobs and send the USPS on a severe downward spiral.

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America, Let's Get Back to Work

You probably don't have to look beyond your own community to see the visible signs of a crumbling and over-crowded transportation system. And you probably don't need to look further than your own family or close friends to find someone who is out of work.

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