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High Stakes in Global Aviation

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A Norwegian airline registers its aircraft in Ireland, “rents” flight crews based in Thailand covered by the labor laws of Singapore, and then applies for a foreign air carrier permit from the United States. Unfortunately, this is not the start of a bad joke but a new business […]

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Speeches Won’t Build a 21st Century Freight Transport System

By Admin

On any given day in Washington someone important makes a speech about the need to invest in our passenger and freight transportation system and put Americans to work.  Routinely that speech doesn’t answer the only question that matters: how do we pay for it?  We helped to answer that question today at a special House […]

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Sequestration is Not Just Belt-Tightening, It's a Disaster

By Admin

Starting this Sunday, almost all of the 47,000 workers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will face unpaid furloughs as the reckless cuts forced by sequestration take hold.  FAA workers will lose about one day per pay period until our elected leaders end this sequester nightmare. Not only are FAA workers paying (literally) for the […]

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More Rigorous Oversight Needed to Ensure Safety of Outsourced Aircraft Repairs

By Admin

WASHINGTON, DC—In comments submitted to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed rulemaking, TTD agreed with the agency that “deficiencies” exist with safety and oversight of contract aircraft repair stations and that new rules are needed to address this problem. However, TTD still believes more needs to be done. If maintenance work is going to be […]

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TTD Supports Improving Safety and Oversight of Contract Aircraft Maintenance Repair Stations

By Admin

  Ms. Patricia K. Williams Aircraft Maintenance Division Air Carrier Maintenance Branch, AFS-330 Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC  20591   RE: Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Requirements Docket No. FAA-2011-1136; Notice No. 12-07  RIN 2120-AJ33 Dear Ms. Williams: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to comment […]

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It's Time to Extend OSHA Protections to Cabin Crew

By Admin

Mr. Gene Kirkendall Part 121 Air Carrier Operations Branch (AFS-220) Flight Standards Service Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue S.W. Washington, DC  20591     RE:     Policy Statement on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Aircraft  Cabin Crewmembers                Docket No. FAA-2012-0953 Dear Mr. Kirkendall: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased […]

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One Airspace — One Level of Safety

By Admin

Late into the evening on Feb. 12, 2009, news reports began flooding the airwaves about a plane crash in a small town in New York that killed all 49 on board.  An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the Colgan Air Flight 3407 disaster later revealed that pilot fatigue likely played an […]

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Senate Confirmation of Michael Huerta Clears Way for Aviation Modernization and Safety Initiatives

By Admin

WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement on Senate confirmation of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator: “We are pleased the Senate has confirmed Michael Huerta for a five-year term as the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. We thank Administrator Huerta for his willingness to serve during such a critical […]

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TTD Supports Extension of Safety and Health Protections to Flight Attendants

By Admin

WASHINGTON, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), made the following statement in support of a proposed new FAA policy to address flight attendant workplace safety in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): “We are pleased that the FAA has proposed a new policy to give our nation’s flight […]

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Let’s Put Politics Aside and Confirm Our Next FAA Administrator

By Admin

Partisan politics and gridlock are something we are all too familiar with in Washington, especially at the end of a presidential election year.  But when it comes to the stability of our aviation system and the enormous impact it has on our economy, there is no time for political brinksmanship.  This is why I have […]

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