Dear Secretary Chao,
As you may know, late last Friday, December 2, 2016, the Obama Administration’s Department of Transportation announced that it had approved Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to begin flying regularly scheduled international flights from the United States.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is part of a bipartisan group of workers, management, and elected officials who have vigorously opposed NAI’s attempt to skirt long-established labor and safety rules. We have shown that NAI’s “novel” strategy was nothing more than a “flag of convenience” scheme that, in the long term, would undercut America’s aviation industry.
Earlier this year, Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) delivered a strongly bi-partisan letter to Secretary Foxx signed by 188 members including 56 Republicans. This letter shows the broad support this effort has gained.
As a member of the world’s largest independent mainline flight attendant union, representing over 25,000 American workers and their families, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to immediately review and reverse this lame duck decision on taking office. As Flight Attendants, we have repeatedly sacrificed over the years by enduring pay cuts and work rule adjustments to keep our airline competitive. If allowed to stand, this decision will mark the first step in the dismantling of the aviation industry. It was precisely this kind of flag of convenience scheme that destroyed our country’s merchant marine and, if not reversed, it will have the same effect on aviation.
We understand the challenges you face as you put your new team in place, but I cannot emphasize enough the critical importance of reversing this eleventh-hour decision. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are counting on you and the Trump Administration to stand up for American workers by keeping the aviation playing field level. We love to compete; we just need fairness.
Thank you for your consideration of this most important issue.
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