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Obama Administration Should Say No to Norwegian Airline Scheme

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Our government shouldn’t reward airline companies that game our trade agreements and pursue a strategy to Walmart airline jobs. Norwegian Air Shuttle has cooked up just such a scheme, and the Obama Administration has a golden opportunity to send a message about U.S. resolve to defend good jobs and strategically critical industries such as aviation. […]

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Coming Together to Fix What’s Broken in American Politics

By Ed Wytkind

I had the privilege of gathering with leaders and activists of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, or PASS, at the union’s 2013 convention.  We discussed the challenges we’ve met head-on and sharpened our focus on the fights that remain. PASS National President Mike Perrone and his team are doing a great job as they focus […]

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DHS Preclearance Center in Abu Dhabi Has to Go

By Ed Wytkind

The decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to open a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance center at Abu Dhabi International Airport leaves many of us scratching our head. We don’t agree with the airlines on everything.  But on this issue we do and join them in fighting this wrongheaded policy that places […]

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One Airspace — One Level of Safety

By Ed Wytkind

Late into the evening on Feb. 12, 2009, news reports began flooding the airwaves about a plane crash in a small town in New York that killed all 49 on board.  An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the Colgan Air Flight 3407 disaster later revealed that pilot fatigue likely played an […]

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ILWU Unity Saves Good Jobs, Pushes Back on Outsourcing Epidemic

By Ed Wytkind

What happened this week on the West Coast with longshore workers is a testament to why unity works when employers pursue sinister agendas.  Southern California union members stood up against a powerful shipping industry to protect good jobs from being outsourced, and won. These clerical workers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) […]

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Time to Coddle the Middle Class for a Change

By Ed Wytkind

As the fiscal cliff looms, it is becoming nauseating to listen to extremist political operatives and special interest lobbyists argue we should hurt working people, the sick and elderly to ensure the super-rich don’t pay their fair share of the tax burden. Someone should tell the special interests who coddle millionaires at everyone else’s expense […]

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Let’s Put Politics Aside and Confirm Our Next FAA Administrator

By Ed Wytkind

Partisan politics and gridlock are something we are all too familiar with in Washington, especially at the end of a presidential election year.  But when it comes to the stability of our aviation system and the enormous impact it has on our economy, there is no time for political brinksmanship.  This is why I have […]

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Austerity Measures Would Drive Us Over the Fiscal Cliff

By Ed Wytkind

“Too many in Washington are fixated on cutting public spending to balance the budget, not on how to put people back to work and get our economy moving.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  These are the words of 350 leading economists who offer our political leaders a solution to our anemic economy at […]

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Time to Let American Passenger Service Agents Vote

By Ed Wytkind

Nearly 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines got some good news on Thursday – the union election they have been fighting for has formally been scheduled by the National Mediation Board (NMB) to begin on Dec. 4.  However, there is one thing we already know about American Airlines — it will use every frivolous […]

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Rep. Paul Ryan, Soup Kitchens and Transportation

By Ed Wytkind Earlier this week, the VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan stopped at an Ohio soup kitchen for a campaign photo op to show his concern for those less fortunate than himself.  Only one problem with this display of caring as he rolled up his sleeves and did the dishes — the director of […]

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