October 8, 2015

Dems. roll-out new pro-union bill

Union Yes; Union check yes

Days after the Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker announced his plan to get rid of the National Labor Relations Board, Democratic lawmakers are rolling out a plan to strengthen the government agency. The bill, introduced on Wednesday, will also serve as a litmus test to Democrats vying for union endorsements in the 2016 presidential election. The Wage [...]

DOT clears Richmond-to-Raleigh high-speed rail


Secretary urges continued cooperation to build project. Project would reduce trip time to just over 2 hours from current 3.5. Washington –  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the State of North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia announced today that they have signed off on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for [...]

FRA’s Feinberg testifies before Senate committee


At a nomination hearing September 17, 2015, before the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg testified on her qualifications as Administrator. Below is her speech. “Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. [...]

Trust fund investment practices of the RRB


Beginning in 2002, a significant portion of the assets of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has been invested in private stocks, bonds, and other investments. Prior to the Railroad Retirement and Survivors’ Improvement Act of 2001, P.L. 107-90, surplus railroad retirement assets could only be invested in U.S. government securities— just as the Social Security [...]

Sponsor may drop Oregon right-to-work bill after ruling


The sponsor of a proposed ballot measure aimed at making union dues voluntary for public employees may well drop the initiative after receiving a politically unpalatable ballot title. Portland attorney Jill Gibson said she is leaning toward abandoning the proposal after the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a ballot description that will make the measure harder to sell [...]

TTD applauds movement on Hudson River rail tunnel


Washington — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement on the progress to build a new Hudson River rail tunnel: “We are pleased that Governors Chris Christie (N.J.) and Andrew Cuomo (N.Y.) have advanced a joint plan — in a letter to President Obama — to build a desperately needed Hudson [...]

New study calls for multiple person train crews

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“Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety to the 21st Century,” is a study conducted by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) on opportunities that are currently available to enhance rail transportation safety in the United States.  The study, which focuses largely on crude oil and hazardous shipments, gives real-world solutions that are intended to prevent [...]

Mo. SLD: “The time to fight right-to-work is now!”

Governor Jay Nixon addresses attendees at a rally against right-to-work.

Missouri State Legislative Director Ken Menges asks Missouri SMART members to join in the fight against right-to-work. Although Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the right-to-work legislation June 4 at the SMART Sheet Metal Local 36 facility, a battle has been raging in the state to get that veto overturned. A veto session is scheduled for Wednesday, [...]

Republican drops $500K into pro-RTW committee

Missouri Right To Work Veto

Jefferson City, Mo. — A major Republican donor, David Humphreys, who had been relatively quiet donated half a million dollars to a new committee Sept. 15 that is rumored to be targeting Republicans that support Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of Right-to-Work legislation. Days ago, the “Committee for Accountable Government in Missouri” filed with the Missouri [...]

House GOP pressured to get moving on roads bill

Transportation advocates are pushing the House to get moving on passing a new long-term highway funding bill as a deadline for the expiration of the spending looms next month.  Federal infrastructure funding is currently scheduled to expire Oct. 29, although the transportation has said recently that it has enough money to cover expenses until next June as long [...]