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Washington D.C., April 28, 2016 — IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding Congress’ action to halt Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) entry into the U.S. aviation market:
“The Machinists Union applauds Congress for acting to stop the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) ill-conceived decision to pave the way for NAI’s entry into the US aviation market. Any airline that registers its aircraft in foreign countries with lax safety and security standards and ‘rents’ its cabin crews from countries with no labor laws to lower costs shouldn’t be welcome in the United States.
The labor movement recognizes April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day to honor the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year. It’s a day to mourn deeply personal loses, and also a day to strengthen our resolve to ensure workers everywhere are given the safest workplace possible.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill being debated in Congress isn’t complete until the Senate includes language protecting airport Customer Service Agents from assault, write IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja and Transportation Trades Department President Edward Wytkind in The Hill.
The IAM’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill paid off when a House committee approved an amendment allowing United Launch Alliance (ULA) to obtain 18 RD-180 rocket engines. The IAM has hundreds of members at ULA.
Houston is reeling after a historic Tax Day deluge dropped up to 24 inches of rain in parts of the metro area. Hit especially hard was Greenspoint, a low-income community in the shadows of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.