Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Edward Wytkind is the President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), a Washington, D.C.-based labor organization representing several million workers in the private and public sectors of the aviation, mass transit, rail, motor carrier, highway, longshore, maritime and related industries. TTD is a separately managed national transportation policy and legislative organization within the institution of the national AFL-CIO, which represents 12.2 million workers in the United States. Immediately prior to his election as President in the fall of 2003, Wytkind served as TTD Executive Director for 13 years.
Wytkind oversees TTD’s daily legislative, policy, regulatory and political programs and initiatives, serving as transportation labor’s chief spokesman. One of Wytkind’s primary duties is to work together with TTD’s 32 member unions representing transportation labor’s collective interests before the United States House and Senate, the executive branch and independent agencies, boards and commissions of the federal government including the U.S. Department of Transportation and its many agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Mediation Board, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Surface Transportation Board, the White House and others. Wytkind also regularly testifies before Congress and provides a transportation labor perspective to conventions, conferences and other labor, industry and government meetings. Wytkind has also served as a transportation advisor in previous presidential elections and transitions. He has also been a guest lecturer at several universities.
Many of the issues Wytkind works on fall under the topics of increasing investment in our nation’s transportation system and infrastructure; defending and enhancing collective bargaining and organizing rights; strengthening transportation safety and security, and protecting workers from outsourcing, the ill-effects of bad trade policy and globalization.
Wytkind is currently appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Labor to serve on the Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy, which consults the President and Congress on trade policy issues including proposed agreements and treaties. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mineta Transportation Institute and has served on the Eno Transportation Foundation’s Board of Advisors.
Wytkind is from Los Angeles, California, and holds membership in the Office and Professional Employees International Union. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is married and resides in suburban Washington, D.C.
Larry I. Willis
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Larry I. Willis is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), a Washington, D.C.-based labor organization consisting of 32 member unions. TTD’s unions represent workers in all modes of transportation including aviation, rail, transit, bus, longshore, maritime, trucking and related industries. TTD is the transportation policy umbrella organization of the national AFL-CIO, which represents 12.2 million workers in the United States.
As the department’s chief financial officer, Willis oversees the daily financial and administrative activities of TTD. As part of this responsibility, Willis accounts for affiliate dues, budgets for the operations of the department, and plans for the sustained and long-term fiscal needs of the organization.
In addition to his financial responsibilities, Willis oversees TTD’s policy, legislative and legal activities. He represents the interests of the department before Congress and among key Executive Branch officials. Willis has worked on virtually every issue before the department including: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization; Surface Transportation Reauthorization; Amtrak and high-speed rail; maritime issues; international aviation negotiations, and a variety of safety and security challenges facing transportation workers. In particular, Willis is one of the labor movement’s key leaders in responding to the security background checks imposed on workers after 9/11. Willis has testified in front of relevant congressional committees and is asked to speak to union audiences and other organizations on transportation policy and legislative issues.
Willis started at TTD in 1996 as a Legislative Representative and subsequently became the organization’s Legislative Counsel. In 1999, Willis left TTD to join the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where he served as Director of Legislation and as Associate in the firm’s Public Policy practice group. In 2003, Willis returned to TTD as General Counsel, and assumed the Chief of Staff duties in addition to his legal responsibilities in 2007. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer, effective April 1, 2010.
Willis began his career on Capitol Hill in the office of former U.S. Representative Terry Bruce (D-IL) as well as the House Energy and Power Subcommittee. He has worked on several political campaigns.
Willis obtained his juris doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1995 and received a B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa. He lives in suburban Maryland with his wife and daughter.