IAM Says NO to EU Anti-Worker Trade Pact Proposals

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), with its AFL-CIO sister aviation and maritime unions, today called on the Obama Administration to reject the job-killing proposals by the European Union (EU) to include aviation and maritime transport services in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.

“The EU proposals to include aviation transport services in the TTIP is a bad deal for IAM members,” said GVP Sito Pantoja. “Not only would these proposals threaten the job security of airline workers by allowing the foreign ownership of US airlines, it would also undermine air transport safety and security.”

The TTIP is yet another attempt to weaken or eliminate U.S. laws that limit foreign ownership and control of U.S. airlines, which have been beaten back time and again by our government and Congress.

“The TTIP would lead to more aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul outsourcing to foreign repair facilities and contains new broad definitions for ‘ground handling services’ and ‘airport operation services’ that go well beyond language in previous trade agreements,” continued Pantoja.”We need to do the opposite. We demand that the Administration stand up for airline and maritime workers and reject these misguided EU proposals.”

Read the letter here.