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AFA-CWA, IAM, and TWU Call on DOT to Deny NAI’s Request for Exemption

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The AFA, IAM and TWU submit this joint statement to articulate our unions’ shared opposition to the application of Norwegian Air International (NAI) for a foreign air carrier permit and exemption (Docket: DOT-OST-2013-0204). We call on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to deny NAI’s application for an exemption so that the proper evaluation and adjudication processes can be completed.

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TTD and European Transport Workers’ Federation Oppose NAI’s Bid for Exemption

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The ETF and TTD join in this submission to express our serious objections and concerns outlined below. As indicated, in addition to the submissions we have made separately regarding the severe negative impacts that this matter will have on fair competition, jobs and labor rights, we have deep and profound concerns that the business model being pursued by Norwegian Air International (NAI) raises significant security concerns. Among other things, we believe that critical policies and regulations adopted following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, by the U.S. and EU to ensure the safety of its citizens could be at risk.

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TTD, ALPA, and European Cockpit Association Urge DOT to Reject NAI’s Bid for Exemption

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The Air Line Pilots Association, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and the European Cockpit Association hereby submit the following comments in response to DOT’s August 4 Notice regarding the views voiced by the Director of Aviation of the European Commission’s Directorate of General Mobility and Transport (“DG MOVE”) on the applicability of Article 17 bis of the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement (“ATA” or “Agreement”) to NAI’s application. For the reasons set out below, the Labor Parties believe that DOT should reject DG MOVE’s interpretation of Article 17 bis and promptly deny NAI’s application for an exemption on the grounds that approval would be inconsistent with the public interest and with Article 17 bis.

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FMCSA Takes Step to Curb Driver Coercion

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On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to comment on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to Prohibit the Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers. By way of background, TTD consists of 32 affiliated unions that represent workers in all modes of transportation, including those who operate over-the-road buses and other commercial motor vehicles, and therefore have an interest in this rulemaking.

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TTD Submits Comments in Support of FAA Effort to Raise the Bar on Outsourced Aircraft Maintenance

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The Honorable Michael P. Huerta Administrator Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC  20591 RE:   Drug and Alcohol Testing of Certain Maintenance Provider Employees       Located Outside of the United States      Docket No. FAA-2012-1058; Notice No. 14-02      RIN 2120-AK09      Federal Aviation Administration Dear Administrator […]

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TTD Opposes Overturn of Ban on Use of Broadband While In-Flight

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Ms. Amanda Huetinck Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Federal Communications Commission 445 12th ST SW Washington, DC 20554 RE:    Expanding Access to Mobile Wireless Services Onboard Aircraft           WT Docket No. 13-301; FCC 13-157           Notice of Proposed Rulemaking           Federal Communications […]

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TTD Joins ALPA and European Pilots to Counter Latest Norwegian Air Tactics

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BEFORE THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON, D.C. ____________________________________________ Application of DREAMJET SAS Docket No. OST-2014-0063 for an exemption pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 40109 and a foreign air carrier permit pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 41301 (US-EU Open Skies _____________________________________________ REPLY OF AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION (ALPA), TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT, AFL-CIO (TTD) AND EUROPEAN […]

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Former Chairman Jim Oberstar Weighs in Against NAI’s “Flag of Convenience” Scheme

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The Honorable Anthony Foxx Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Dear Mr. Secretary: I have watched with great interest the public debate over the application of Norwegian Air International (NAI) for a foreign air operator’s certificate from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). As a former chairman of […]

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TTD Pres. Ed Wytkind Urges Ambassador Froman to Keep Maritime out of TTIP

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Ambassador Michael Froman Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20508 Dear Ambassador Froman: As the United States Trade Representative (USTR) continues to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), we urge you to make clear to the European Commission (EC) that all maritime services, transport laws and […]

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TTD Pres. Ed Wytkind Urges Ambassador Froman to Keep Maritime out of TTIP

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Ambassador Michael Froman Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20508 Dear Ambassador Froman: As the United States Trade Representative (USTR) continues to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), we urge you to make clear to the European Commission (EC) that all maritime services, transport laws and […]

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