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TTD Stands with United Flight Attendants Fighting for Fair Contract

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Thousands of flight attendants at United Airlines hubs across the globe are standing up to say enough is enough — and we stand with them. Yesterday, the Joint Negotiating Committee of AFA-CWA flight attendants held an International Day of Action to draw attention to the absurd refusal by United to bargain in good faith with […]

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Norwegian Air Tries to Fool U.S. DOT with Latest ‘Promises’

Remember that bad joke we told you in back in 2013? The one about the Norwegian airline that plans to register in Ireland and base its employees — hired through a Singaporean agency — in Bangkok? Well, it only gets worse — or more laughable, depending upon your level of cynicism. Norwegian Air International (NAI), […]

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More Workers at Virgin America Choose to Unionize

At a time when labor laws are stacked against working people, employees in the airline industry are choosing a union voice on the job. Coming on the heels of a vote last summer by Virgin America flight attendants to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), pilots at Virgin America overwhelmingly voted to join the Air […]

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Preview of 2015 Aviation Agenda

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Air traffic in the United States has steadily grown since the end of the recession, and recent projections by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predict that it will continue to grow by an average of 2.2 percent each year over the next two decades. By 2034, the FAA forecasts, “U.S. commercial air carriers are projected […]

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SF State Professor Explains Why DOT Should Reject Norwegian Air International’s Application

TTD and our affiliate unions aren’t the only ones who understand just how harmful Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign air carrier permit would be if approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Professor John A. Logan, director of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University, published an article in The Hill today explaining […]

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188 Members of Congress Urge U.S. DOT to #DenyNAI

By Ed Wytkind

How strongly do members of Congress feel that Norwegian Air International (NAI)’s application for a foreign air carrier permit should be denied? Yesterday, on the eve of a U.S.-European Commission (EC) Joint Committee meeting to discuss the NAI case, 188 House members, led by Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY) and Albio Sires (D-NJ), delivered an unambiguous […]

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Ed Wytkind in The Hill: Norwegian Air deal undermines labor standards

By Ed Wytkind

Cue the stately intro music: Norwegian Air International (NAI) CEO Bjørn Kjos is taking tips on how the U.S. government functions from Netflix’s D.C. drama, House of Cards. In a series of articles this fall in Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s business newspaper, Kjos suggested that American opposition to NAI’s request for a foreign air carrier permit is all a symptom of what he […]

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U.S. DOT Keeps Norwegian Air International Grounded

Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) made a pivotal decision and dismissed a request by Norwegian Air International (NAI) for an exemption that would have allowed it to begin trans-Atlantic service to the United States while a request for a foreign air carrier permit was still pending at DOT. The decision comes on the […]

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NAI Delivers a Timeout in Washington from Partisan Rancor

In this time of extreme partisan fighting, there’s not much in Washington on which politicians agree. Enter Norwegian Air International, or NAI. This airline’s plan to launch new trans-Atlantic service into the U.S. has become a galvanizing issue in Washington for politicians across the political spectrum who recognize a scam that will harm our economy […]

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Time to Derail Norwegian Airline Scheme

By Ed Wytkind

Congress may be on break, but this month the Obama Administration faces a watershed decision with huge implications for the global aviation industry and its workforce. By August 31st, the Department of Transportation (DOT) must rule on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption that would allow it to begin transatlantic service in the […]

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