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The Foreigner— Stop Norwegian Air’s Descent Into Low-Road Labor Policies

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[As published By Edward Wytkind in The Foreigner] In a global economy starving for good jobs, the last thing we need is airline companies that game trade agreements and try to undermine fair competition. Unfortunately, Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) has cooked up just such a scheme, and the stakes are high on both sides of […]

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TTD Defends U.S. Mariner Jobs in Wall Street Journal

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[As published By Kristina Peterson in The Wall Street Journal] WASHINGTON—A little-noticed provision in a bill passed by the House this month calls for relying more on U.S.-flagged ships to deliver food aid to foreign countries—a change backed by labor groups and criticized by the White House. The measure, tucked into a Coast Guard and maritime […]

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch—Memo to Congress: Missourians want more Amtrak service

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[As published By John Previsich and Edward Wytkind in St. Louis Post-Dispatch] Stark divisions have defined our national politics for some time. But there are many transportation issues that unite Americans across political lines, and one of those is overwhelming support for passenger rail in this country, and in particular, for Amtrak. Recent polls in America’s […]

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The Hill—Unions push administration to reject Norwegian airline

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[As published By Kevin Bogardus in The Hill] Labor unions are calling on the Obama administration to reject a Norwegian airline’s request for access to U.S. airports. In a letter obtained by The Hill and sent Tuesday to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, more than 20 unions urged the administration to reject Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) […]

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The Hill—Congress faces gas tax dilemma

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[As publishedBy Keith Laing in The Hill] If not the gas tax, then what? That’s the dilemma facing Congress as it seeks to plug a growing hole in transportation funding that state and local governments say is reaching crisis proportions. While the gas tax has long been the bedrock of the transportation trust fund, the […]

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Aviation International News—FAA Proposes Rule on Maintenance Outsourcing Practices

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[As published by David A. Lombardo in Aviation International News] The FAA is accepting comments on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that would require employees of FAA-certified foreign repair stations and certain other maintenance providers who perform safety-sensitive work on U.S. airliners to be subject to a drug-and-alcohol-testing program. Consistent with the Congressional […]

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The Washington Post—US ponders drug testing in foreign aircraft shops

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[As published by Associated Press in The Washington Post] Aviation regulators say they’re considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it is seeking public comments. The agency wants to know which countries allow random […]

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Reuters—U.S. aerospace, aviation industries see threats in aging workforce

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[As published by Elvina Nawaguna in Reuters] U.S. aerospace and aviation industry leaders warned lawmakers on Thursday that a coming wave of retirements in an aging workforce could hurt both sectors and create safety issues unless the government helps more young people qualify for those jobs. Boeing Co, for instance, expects a large percentage of its […]

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The Stand—Urge White House to reject Norwegian Air scheme

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[As published by David Groves in The Stand] Multinational corporations are increasingly contracting out what used to be family-wage company jobs to staffing companies to avoid unionization and gain a competitive advantage by paying substandard wages and benefits. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the Air Line Pilots Association and other aviation unions are calling attention to […]

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People's World—Union leaders hail Obama infrastructure push

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[As published by PAI in People’s World] WASHINGTON (PAI) – Laborers Union President Terry O’Sullivan and AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department President Ed Wytkind hailed President Obama’s push to get Congress to enact a $302 billion four-year mass-transit-highway construction bill. And AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka? “Bring it on!” Obama launched his latest push for the legislation […]

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