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UPDATE: (December 2, 2016)

DOT NAI Decision Double Crosses U.S. and EU Aviation Workers

With no advance warning, the DOT has ordered approval of the flag-of-convenience Norwegian Air International (NAI) application. By this action, the DOT has failed to acknowledge the labor protections of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreements and sets a precedent that risks hundreds of thousands of U.S. aviation jobs.

In consultation with the best legal & regulatory minds and working with the TTD, AFL, our affiliated Unions and our Congressional allies, efforts have immediately begun to review the order. In a statement issued this afternoon, AFA International President Sara Nelson emphasized “This decision must be reversed immediately by the Obama administration. It is a betrayal to hundreds of thousands of aviation workers. The DOT decision overrides carefully negotiated workers’ rights and designs a new playbook that rolls out the red carpet for foreign corporations by trampling workers’ rights.”

“The U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement contains the only labor provision in all 120 Open Skies agreements.”

Congress must be prepared to act next week. President Obama must reverse this harmful decision and stand up for working people all across this country. We cannot and will not accept this decision. We will act and will never stop because we will never accept abrogation of our rights.

What can I do?

TAKE ACTION! Call or Tweet directly to your Member of Congress today!

Call Now By Phone

Every Flight Attendant needs to call every day this week!

Connect directly to your Senate offices:1-855-980-2338

Connect directly to your Representative's office:1-855-980-2306

"Hello, my name is _________ and I am a constituent. I'm a Flight Attendant calling to urge my Representative/Senator to take action to STOP Norwegian Air International from flying to the U.S. under a completely new set of rules. The DOT NAI approval opens the door to a flag of convenience model that will lead to outsourcing 300,000 U.S. aviation jobs, just like it decimated the U.S. shipping industry. This is about good U.S. aviation jobs and enforcing our trade deals."

By Twitter

If you have a Twitter account, we ask that you please Tweet one of the following: 

Killing U.Saviation jobshurting competition & undermining fair labor standards is not okay. #DenyNAI
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Going, going, gone. Soon to be our labor standards & U.S. #aviation jobs if Norwegian Air gets its way. #DenyNAI
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Tweet your Member of Congress:
Find your Member of Congress Twitter handle and tweet them:

I urge my you to take action to STOP Norwegian Air International from flying to the U.S. under a completely new set of rules. #SDenyNAI

In order to make sure the DOT and White House hear us, we need thousands of calls and letters and tweets. That requires all of us to engage and urge our flying partners to do the same. 

Background Information

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on April 15 that it has tentatively approved Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit.  AFA has already voiced our strong opposition to this decision.

Now, we must ensure our Members of Congress push back against the DOT’s ill-advised decision.

Norwegian Air International, a subsidiary of a Norwegian airline, has headquartered its operations in Ireland to take advantage of lower labor and regulatory standards. This runs counter to U.S. law and the U.S.-EU Air Transpot Agreement. NAI’s business plan has called for hiring pilots and Flight Attendants under individual contracts that run $18,000 a year for Flight Attendants or utilize pilots based in Asia to fly between Europe and the United States without serving Ireland.

The NAI scheme threatens our careers and the future of the U.S. aviation industry. This business model allows NAI to cut costs well below industry norms. The result will be severe downward pressure on fares, operating costs, and ultimately wages. As we have already seen in the U.S. shipping industry, flags-of-convenience, if adopted widely, eventually force U.S.-flagged-companies out of the market. U.S. seafarers have lost more than 97,000 jobs since 1950 even as the total tonnage shipped on maritime vessels has increased exponentially. Should NAI be allowed to operate  into  the U.S., we are potentially looking at a similar result for Flight Attendant jobs.

On April 28th, Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rich Larsen (D-WA) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) introduced legislation, H.R. 5090, aimed to prevent the DOT from permitting a foreign air carrier to operate between European countries and the United States unless the carrier complies with basic, fair U.S. or European Union labor standards.  The legislation is aimed at stopping NAI in its tracks.

Picketing the White House: May 11, 2016

On May 11, 2016, 1,000 Flight Attendants, Pilots, Mechanics, Ramp, and Agents - from across the industry - made their voices heard outside of the White House in opposition to the NAI permit.

Below you can watch a 2-minute video of the event and a synopsis of what this all means.

Below you can watch all of the speakers from this event.

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