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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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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, AFA-CWA, IAM and TWU Urge DOT to Uphold Airline Labor Standards

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Transport Workers Union (TWU), and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) submit this reply to 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).

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

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

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 Supports Bill to Mitigate Pension Losses at AA, Calls for Swift Passage

WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement in support of a bill designed to mitigate pension losses at American Airlines (H.R.2591): “TTD is pleased that a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), has stepped forward to support workers at American Airlines who have seen their pensions […]

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