April 29, 2016

On April 15, the Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively approved a  Norwegian Airline’s request for a foreign air carrier permit to allow it to operate flights to the United States. Here’s the catch: That airline, 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 globetrotting 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.” Clearly, 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.

Together with the Air Line Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the Transport Workers Union, TTD is calling on the Obama Administration to reverse this decision. But we need your help. Tell the DOT to #DenyNAI.

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One Response to “TELL THE DOT TO #DENYNAI (”

  1. Greta skou snoghøj says:

    Competition is a good thing but it has to be on equal terms

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