Tell Congress to Support Passage of H.R.5090 and Deny Norwegian Air International Access to the U.S. Aviation Market

On April 15, the Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively approved Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) request for a foreign air carrier permit to allow it to operate flights to the United States. That’s bad news for U.S. airline workers.

Norwegian Air International (NAI), is registered in Ireland and will employ flight crews under Singaporean or Thai employment contracts and evade the employment and tax laws of Norway where its parent company is based.

This race to the bottom business plan is a clear violation of the 2010 U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement, which has a specific provision – Article 17 bis – that states that the “opportunities created by the Agreement are not intended to undermine labor standards or the labor-related rights and principles contained in the Parties’ respective laws.” NAI’s plan to scour the globe for cheap labor is a blatant violation of the labor provisions in the agreement.

Make no mistake about it: NAI’s plans have always been about gaming trade rules, gaining an unfair competitive advantage and beating down workers’ rights, wages and benefits. If NAI is permitted access to the U.S. aviation market, other airlines will follow and cutthroat competition will jeopardize the financial stability of the U.S. airline industry that IAM-represented airline workers sacrificed long and hard for.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) have sponsored H.R. 5090, which will reverse the DOT’s ill-conceived decision to potentially grant NAI access to the U.S.

Take action today and tell Congress to deny NAI entry into the U.S. aviation market by demanding that your U.S. Representative support H.R.5090.