JetBlue in-flight crew members overwhelmingly vote to join TWU (

In-flight crew members at JetBlue overwhelmingly voted to join the Transport Workers (TWU). With more than 86% of eligible employees participating in the vote, more than two-thirds voted in favor of joining TWU. TWU President John Samuelsen said: This historic victory is yet another example of the tide turning in America as workers continue to […]

April 23, 2018

A short video of the #DenyNAI protest rally from AFA-CWA

On 13 May 2016, over 1000 aviation workers, union leaders and members of the Congress gathered to call on the Obama Administration to “Deny NAI” at a rally outside the White House. The rally was in response to the Department of Transportation’s recent ill-advised decision to tentatively grant Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a […]

May 17, 2016

U.S. DOT Order on Norwegian Air Case, Unless Reversed, Threatens Thousands of U.S. Airline Jobs (

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ill-advised order regarding Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign air carrier permit: “We are strongly opposed to today’s show cause order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation that could pave the way […]

April 18, 2016

FAA launches new rule to curb unsafe aircraft maintenance outsourcing practices

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement regarding the FAA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on drug and alcohol testing at aircraft maintenance facilities outside the U.S.: “Federal aviation regulators took an important step yesterday in an effort to ensure that foreign aircraft repair stations that work on U.S. aircraft […]

March 17, 2014

PASS testifies regarding FAA certification process

On 30 October 2013, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), which represents approximately 3,000 aviation safety inspectors at the Federal Aviation Administration, testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation, regarding the safety and efficiency of the FAA’s certification process. Aviation safety inspectors have successfully and efficiently provided oversight of the […]

October 31, 2013

PASS statement on limited aviation safety inspector recall

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), National President Mike Perrone released the following statement regarding the recall of some aviation safety inspectors at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “PASS appreciates the FAA working within the constraints of this government shutdown to bring back critical safety employees, but we stand firm in the belief that all […]

October 9, 2013

USA: Safety and health protections in the cabin become reality thanks to unions

On 22 August 2013, Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), made the following statement in support of the FAA’s final policy statement addressing flight attendant workplace safety in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): “Today’s [22th of August’s] announcement by the FAA means that America’s flight attendants who […]

August 28, 2013