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Take Action and Protect Your Jobs!
Stop Norwegian Air International! #DenyNAI
Date: April 19, 2016
Type: AFA Article
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 Transport 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.
TAKE ACTION! Call your Member of Congress today!
Call your elected officials now! The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121, ask to speak with your Senator or Representative.
Tell your members of Congress:
"I am a Flight Attendant and constituent. I am calling to ask my (Representative/Senator) to Stop the DOT from approving a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International because it will set up a flag of convenience model for aviation. This model destroyed U.S. shipping and good U.S. jobs. The same will happen to aviation unless Congress stops it. This is about my job, our nation's economy and our safety and security.”
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.
In order to make sure the DOT and White House hear us, we need thousands of calls. That requires all of us to engage and urge our flying partners to do the same.
Help stop this by participating in our call-to-action today!
If you are a Twitter fan, please Tweet something like:
To members of Congress working to protect US jobs and #aviation safety AFA appreciates your support to #DenyNAI
We would like to thank everyone that showed up to the DOA. It was a great informational meeting. Also, on behalf of all the officers of Council 25 we will like to thank our member Jon Altimus for volunteering to serve on the Grievance Committee to contact Jon you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other Contact information click on the link for the Council 25 Committee Roster.AFA Council 25 Roster 2016.pdf
We would also like to thank our dear friend Mike Lee for all his service as a Council Rep for our Council 25 and wish him good luck at his new base in Washington.
As always volunteers are always welcome, if you’re interested in volunteering contact any of your local council officers.
B777-300 and Customer Service Training Stand Alone Class
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**PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ATTENDED CQ16 IN DEC 2015 YOU DO NOT NEED TO PREFERENCE MONTH BID FOR THIS STAND-ALONE CLASS. YOU WILL RECEIVE THIS TRAINING WHEN YOU ATTEND CQ TRAINING IN DEC 2016. ALL LINEHOLDERS AND RESERVES SHOULD BID FOR A PREFERENCE MONTH WHO HAVE ALREADY ATTENDED CQ16 IN THE MONTHS LISTED ABOVE. THE STAND-ALONE TRAINING WILL BE A ONE DAY CLASS AND THE FOLLOWING MONTHS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PREFERENCE BIDDING: JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER 2016.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING PREFERENCE AWARDS:
- PREFERENCE MONTH BIDS WILL BE AWARDED IN BASE SENIORITY ORDER.
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- THIS IS REQUIRED TRAINING AND THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLETING STAND-ALONE TRAINING IS DEC. 29, 2016.