U.S. and EU Aviation Workers Double-Crossed by DOT NAI Decision
December 5, 2016
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation wrongly approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI). The decision sets aside the labor protections that were central to the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement. We know. We were there! We had a seat at the table when this administration negotiated the Agreement, and now just like any labor contract, the administration needs to make good on this aviation trade deal. This is about our jobs and our nation's ability to move millions of people and connect with the rest of the world.
Norwegian can fly to the U.S. today. We are allies with the U.S.-based and Norwegian-based crews who fly today under U.S. and Norwegian labor law. But NAI, flagged in Ireland, sets up a 'flag of convenience' model in aviation—the same business model that destroyed U.S. shipping. NAI will use this 'flag of convenience' model to hire crews from countries with the lowest labor and safety standards, such as Malaysia or Thailand.
Watch this video to learn of about the dangers of flag of convenience.
We will not accept this. We will act. We will never stop. We will never accept abrogation of our rights.
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"Hello, my name is _________ and I am a constituent. I'm a Flight Attendant calling to urge my Representative/Senator to take action to STOP Norwegian Air International from flying to the U.S. under a completely new set of rules. The DOT NAI approval opens the door to a flag of convenience model that will lead to outsourcing 300,000 U.S. aviation jobs, just like it decimated the U.S. shipping industry. This is about good U.S. aviation jobs and enforcing our trade deals."
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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA: “The DOT decision overrides carefully negotiated worker rights and designs a new playbook that rolls out the red carpet for foreign corporations by trampling workers’ rights. Congress must be prepared to act next week. President Obama must reverse this harmful decision and stand up for working people all across the country. We will not accept this. We will act. We will never stop. We will never accept abrogation of our rights.” Read full Release >
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO: “Today’s decision betrays America’s aviation workers by granting a rogue, flag-of-convenience airline a permit to serve the United States. Unless reversed, this decision threatens a generation of U.S. airline jobs and tells foreign airlines that scour the globe for cheap labor and lax employment laws that America is open for business." Read TTD's Full Statement >
Air Line Pilots Association: "We are extremely disappointed by the Department of Transportation’s decision to run roughshod over the U.S. Open Skies agreement and allow Norwegian Air International to fly to and from the United States," said Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president. "This flawed action is a lasting legacy of the Obama administration and demonstrates an egregious lack of support for working men and women in this country." Read ALPA's Full Statement >
Key Aviation Lawmakers on DOT NAI Decision: “This is a slap in the face to American workers,” said the Members. “Today’s decision by the Department of Transportation to award NAI a foreign air carrier permit is in direct contravention of Article 17 bis of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement, and says to the world that the U.S. will reward countries that break their commitments to protecting workers.” Read the full statement from Members Larsen, LoBiondo, and DeFazio >