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US transportation workers to rally against Bush government transportation policies


WASHINGTON, DC On May 17, US transportation workers are being called to rally on the National Mall to protest the governments record on transportation safety.

Members from dozens of unions and other organizations, led by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), are expected to call attention to what theyre calling flawed management practices and partisan politics on the national level that are threatening jobs, safety and security in the transportation industry.

Transportation labor cannot sit quietly by as failed administration policies erode our jobs, pensions and benefits, said Robert Roach, Jr., IAM General Vice President. The May 17 Day of Action will highlight a new course for transportation labor. The rally will demand change and ask presidential candidates to:

Appoint individuals who support workers rights to national labor boards, such as the National Mediation Board (NMB)
Protect and defend workers pensions
Promote and enhance Amtrak, Americas passenger rail system
Support aviation legislation that ensures good jobs in the private and public sector, honors workers bargaining rights and strengthens the safety and security of the aviation system
Fight for laws that would make security training mandatory for front-line transportation workers
Counter the effects of globalization on the transportation industry which include outsourced jobs and threatened safety and security standards
Boost investment in public transportation, highway system, and ports

Leading Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Clinton, Sen. Biden, and Congressman Kucinich are expected to be present.


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