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In a November 21 letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, urged the Senate to “expeditiously” schedule a floor vote on the reappointment of National Mediation Board (NMB) Members Linda Puchala and Deirdre Hamilton, and the confirmation of Loren Sweatt to be a Member of the Board. The appointment has been delayed in the Senate for over four months, “meanwhile, workers need a fully confirmed NMB that will continue to advance workers’ rights.” TTD wrote: “Created by Congress through the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the NMB plays an essential role in the facilitation of labor-management relations in the aviation and rail industries… The rail and aviation industries support good middle-class jobs that are critical to the economy and the mobility of Americans. NMB Members play an important role in protecting these jobs and expanding workforce opportunities in sectors covered by the RLA… These workers are best served when the NMB is reliably staffed with public servants who understand the importance of collective bargaining and who will seek fair and timely resolutions when disputes arise. “ A PDF of TTD’s letter to Sen. Schumer is available here.