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TCU Joins #EssentialAlways Campaign to Honor, Thank Frontline Transportation Workers this Labor Day

This Labor Day weekend TCU is proudly joining the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation to recognize and thank frontline transportation workers for their service and sacrifice, and remind Americans that railroad workers are #EssentialAlways. During the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, TCU members were instrumental in keeping the

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August 25, 1925 – A. Philip Randolph Organizes the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

96 years ago today, A. Philip Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters became the first African-American Union to win a national contract in the United States and receive a charter with the American Federation of Labor (AFL). In an epic struggle, the Porters fought the bitterly antiunion

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Sal Rodriguez Named Executive Director of the New TCU/IAM Organizing Department

Effective September 1, TCU/IAM National President Maratea appointed Sal Rodriguez to work with National Vice-President Brian Shanahan in the newly established TCU Organizing Department. This focus on organizing will move TCU forward in addressing our future needs and will lay the groundwork for the increase in membership which is vital for the long term growth

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Training for Lodge Presidents Debuts in Chicago

Last week, TCU rolled out a new program specifically developed for Local Lodge Presidents. National President Maratea, several TCU and Carmen Officers and Chicago area National Representatives were in attendance. The training, part of President Maratea’s inaugural initiative to expand internal education for Local Lodge Officers, was created and taught by TCU’s Constitution & Law

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Women’s History Month – On International Women’s Day TCU Honors Labor Trailblazer Mother Jones

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is Choose To Challenge, with specific action plans that reverberate longstanding Labor movement principles: Take action for equality, a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. Historic inspiration and strength to invoke change can be gained from one of Labor’s most fiery and

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FRA Issues Emergency Order Requiring Face Mask Use in Railroad Operations

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency order implementing a mask requirement for all freight and passenger railroad employees in all crafts. This comes after the recent Center of Disease Control guidelines. According to the FRA, field observations from safety inspectors regarding mask use on railroad property indicate “that the critical practice of

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TTD Release – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger Elected as President and Secretary-Treasurer

Executive Committee unveils award to honor former president Larry Willis Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger were unanimously elected today as President and Secretary-Treasurer, respectively, of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), by the organization’s Executive Committee, of which TCU is a member. Regan started at TTD as a legislative representative in 2011, was elected secretary-treasurer

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2020 Grievance Handling Report: 1.1 Million Dollars Collected for TCU Members

TCU/IAM members received over 1 million dollars in 2020 as a direct result of grievance settlements on the property and/or arbitration awards. In addition 45 members were returned to work after having been improperly terminated or dismissed from service. “Filing grievances to protect our members and our work is the primary responsibility of every TCU/IAM

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