WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today following House passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 915):
“The FAA bill passed by the House of Representatives today will bring Americans closer to the first-class aviation system they want and deserve.
“This legislation will invest in technology and our airports, create good jobs and strengthen worker rights. It will also make air travel safer for workers and the flying public and ensure that globalization of this industry doesn’t erode safety standards or harm American jobs.
“We look forward to a Senate bill that tackles these issues with the same level of commitment.
“H.R. 915 is the result of an enormous amount of work and thoughtful leadership by Chairman James Oberstar and Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello. We applaud them for standing firmly with aviation employees and producing legislation that will help deliver a 21st century aviation system that Americans can be proud of.”
The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, represents 32 member unions in the aviation, rail, transit, trucking, highway, longshore, maritime and related industries. For more information, visit www.ttd.org.