The IAM-Delta campaign joins the IAM and our AFL-CIO affiliated sister and brother airline workers to demand the the Department of Transportation (DOT) reverse course and deny Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit.
The DOT recently rendered a decision that would grant access to the US aviation market. NAI is a Norwegian airline in name only. The carrier is registered in Ireland to avoid Norwegian safety and security regulations and rents its cabin crews from countries with little to no labor laws, like Thailand and Singapore.
If permitted access to the US aviation market, NAI will place severe downward pressure on the wages, benefits and working conditions of US airline workers—particularly Flight Attendants—because NAI’s business model will allow it to skirt its home country’s labor standards, as well as Norwegian safety and security regulations, creating an unfair market advantage for NAI.
It wasn’t long ago that US airlines—including Delta—were hemorrhaging money. Cutthroat competition, fostered by airline deregulation, wreaked havoc on the US airline industry for decades, forcing industry restructuring, job loss, wage and benefit cuts and the erosion of our working conditions.
Over the past five years, the US airline industry has returned to profitability, due in large part to the past sacrifice and determination of dedicated employees like us and industry consolidation. NAI’s approval would threaten this stability.
It will not take long for other airlines to copy NAI’s disastrous business model in an effort to compete in a hyper-competitive, cutthroat global aviation market. Airline workers, with cabin crews facing immediate threat, will most certainly be the casualties of this wrong-headed, anti-labor DOT policy.
We must take action to protect our jobs.
The IAM, TWU, AFA-CWA, ALPA and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department will be picketing the White House from noon to 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 12, 2016 and Delta Flight Attendants are welcome join our sisters and brothers to make our voices stronger and clearer.
Please click here to send a letter to your US Representative, demanding support for H.R.5090, which would reverse the DOT’s job-killing decision.
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