Washington, D.C. – As the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee considers the Fair and Open Skies Act (H.R. 3632) tomorrow, Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the bill:
“Any airline that refuses to play by the rules and undercuts competition by exploiting the world’s weakest labor, safety, and tax laws has no place operating in the U.S.
“By prohibiting the U.S. DOT from allowing air carriers that use the predatory flag-of-convenience business model to enter the U.S. market, the Fair and Open Skies Act upholds the integrity of our aviation industry, safeguards tens of thousands of good jobs, and puts safety first.
“We thank Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Reps. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Drew Ferguson (R-GA) for their leadership on this issue. We strongly urge lawmakers to stand with working people, prioritize safety, and protect fair competition by supporting this critical legislation.”