Legislative Department

The Transportation Communications Union Legislative Department defends the jobs, rights, and interests of all TCU members on Capitol Hill and before various federal agencies.

Our advocates are constantly working with Members of Congress, their staff, and federal regulators on protecting the jobs and benefits, increasing investment in railroads and infrastructure, and writing and administering various rules and regulations that protect the health, safety and general wellbeing of our members.

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Legislative Department Staff

William DeCarlo
TCU Vice-President and
National Legislative Director

David Arouca
Assistant National
Legislative Director

Current legislative issues: 

Defending Railroad Retirement

After the recent election, many in conservative Republican circles feel emboldened to push through their legislative wish list. Unfortunately for railroaders, one of the items on their wish list appears to be “reforming” railroad retirement. As a general rule, the word “reform” when stated by these groups tends to mean “cuts.” The TCU Legislative Department will be fighting tooth and nail to prevent any changes to the hard-earned retirement benefits of our members. 

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TCU Members On-The-Hill

Get involved with the legislative process by contacting your congressional representatives on issues that matter most to you. Research voting records, read current legislation, and find out a little bit more about those who represent you in office. Learn more in the IAM Legislative Action Center.

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Resources from affiliates:

TTD Move America Blog

The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO is a coalition of 32 member unions representing workers throughout our nation’s transportation industries, including TCU members. TTD’s Move America blog serves as an excellent resource for news, insights and analyses on policies and issues facing the transportation workforce.

Machinists’ Legislative Website

The 2012 merger of TCU with the IAMAW has strengthened our members voices on the Hill. By joining the “Fighting Machinists”, TCU members and their representatives have gained access to valuable resources and expertise to better serve and defend the interests of our workers.