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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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TTD, AFA-CWA, ALPA, IAM, and TWU Urge Appropriators to Reject NAI-Like Airline Operating Schemes

On behalf of hundreds of thousands U.S. aviation workers, we ask that you include the House-passed Westmoreland-DeFazio amendment language in any year-end appropriations measure.  This provision, included in the FY 2015 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD), simply requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure that the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement is implemented in full accordance with U.S. law and terms and conditions of the agreement.  An identical amendment was also introduced by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Blunt (R-MO), Schatz (D-HI) and Moran (R-KS) and other Senators prior to consideration of the Senate FY 2015 THUD bill.

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U.S. and European Transport Unions Step Up Campaign to Derail NAI Flag of Convenience Scheme

Joint Declaration Released on Eve of U.S.-EU Joint Committee Meeting   Washington, D.C. – Transportation union leaders from the United States and Europe met today to discuss Norwegian Air International (NAI)’s application for a foreign air carrier permit, which is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The American and European labor […]

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The Hill—Unions press for complete rejection of Norwegian Air US flight bid

[As published by Keith Laing in The Hill] Emboldened by a decision on Tuesday by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to dismiss an attempt by Norwegian Airlines to expedite approval of its bid to gain access to airports in the U.S., labor groups in Washington are pushing the agency now to completely reject the Scandinavian company’s request. The […]

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Politico—DOT won’t open U.S. skies to airline — for now

[As published by Adam Snider and Kevin Robillard in Politico Pro] U.S. airlines and their unions scored a victory Tuesday when the Department of Transportation rejected a procedural application for Norwegian Air International to operate in the United States. But the fight’s far from over. DOT rejected NAI’s request to fly into and out of the United […]

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U.S. DOT Dismisses Norwegian Air Exemption, Red-Lights Flag-of-Convenience Airline

WASHINGTON—The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO lauded the decision today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to dismiss Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) request for an exemption to launch an airline that would violate American public interest laws and the U.S.-EU Open Skies trade agreement. “The case against NAI’s scheme has been made by unions and […]

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Time for U.S. DOT to Reject NAI Scheme

Washington DC – Today, Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement regarding two separate reply comments submitted by TTD jointly with the Air Line Pilots Association and the European Cockpit Association, and with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the […]

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TTD, ALPA, and ECA Ask DOT to Deny NAI

The Labor Parties hereby reply to the comments filed in response to DOT’s August 4 Notice (“Notice”) requesting comments on the views expressed by DG MOVE on the meaning and applicability of Article 17 bis of the U.S.‐EU Air Transport Agreement (“ATA” or “Agreement”) as it pertains to consideration of a foreign air carrier’s application for operating authority. For the reasons set forth below, the Labor Parties believe that DOT should reject the narrow view of Article 17 bis advanced by DG MOVE and deny NAI’s application for an exemption on the ground that the application does not meet the standards set out in 49 U.S.C. § 40109, and should issue a show cause order stating that it proposes to deny NAI’s application for a foreign air carrier permit on the ground that approval would be inconsistent with Article 17 bis.

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Aviation Week—DOT Docket Inundated With Comments For, Against NAI Application

[As published By Madhu Unnikrishnan in Aviation Week] Norwegian Air International (NAI) and its supporters say the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) does not have the right to deny its application for a foreign air carrier permit to operate in the U.S., while organized labor, led by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), argue the opposite: that […]

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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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