On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), the undersigned affiliated rail unions, and millions of frontline transportation workers, I urge you to advance the nomination of Amit Bose for Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) when the Senate Commerce Committee considers his nomination this week.
Our nation’s labor laws are woefully outdated and have become ineffective as a means for working people to have our voices heard.
But the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression is now in the hands of the Senate.
Labor Day 2021 — Monday, September 6
Labor Day is held on the first Monday of September. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and how they have contributed to the well-being of our country.
It is thought that this day originated in Canada.
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Labor Day is particularly significant this year for the Labor Movement. We saw the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the election of his replacement, Liz Shuler, who is the first woman to serve at the AFL-CIO's helm and the election of Ms. Shuler's replacement, Fred Redmond, the first African American to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer at the Federation.
1919 — John Reed forms the Communist Labor Party in Chicago. The Party’s motto: "Workers of the world unite!"
1921 — 10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain, W.Va., for recognition of their union, the UMWA. Federal troops were sent in, and miners were forced to withdraw 5 days later, after 16 deaths.
The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation.
Homendy’s confirmation comes on the brink of one of the most transformative periods in transportation history. As chair, Homendy will lead the NTSB through unprecedented changes to our transportation system, including the introduction of new and automated technologies, passenger space flight, and the transition to greener vehicles. Her more than 25 years in transportation safety advocacy will serve her well as she embraces these new and unique challenges.
Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.
The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend. Rich devoted his life to working people, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement.