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DOT NAI Decision Double Crosses U.S. and EU Aviation Workers
With no advance warning, the DOT has ordered approval of the flag-of-convenience Norwegian Air International (NAI) application. By this action, the DOT has failed to acknowledge the labor protections of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreements and sets a precedent that risks hundreds of thousands of U.S. aviation jobs.
In consultation with the best legal & regulatory minds and working with the TTD, AFL, our affiliated Unions and our Congressional allies, efforts have immediately begun to review the order. In a statement issued this afternoon, AFA International President Sara Nelson emphasized “This decision must be reversed immediately by the Obama administration. It is a betrayal to hundreds of thousands of aviation workers. The DOT decision overrides carefully negotiated workers’ rights and designs a new playbook that rolls out the red carpet for foreign corporations by trampling workers’ rights.”
“The U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement contains the only labor provision in all 120 Open Skies agreements.”
Congress must be prepared to act next week. President Obama must reverse this harmful decision and stand up for working people all across this country. We cannot and will not accept this decision. We will act and will never stop because we will never accept abrogation of our rights.
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No Calls on Planes - Submit Your Comments to the DOT
On December 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposed rule change that would allow voice calls inflight. This proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) if adopted would, among other things, revise the FCC's prohibition on the use of cellular phones and other mobile wireless devices on our aircrafts. It would make possible for airlines to permit passengers to make or receive calls on-board aircraft.
If the FCC goes through with this proposal, eventually Flight Attendants will be forced to talk over passenger conversations when delivering critical safety information, hindering cabin preparations. Furthermore, research shows that cell phone use interferes with cognitive functioning to the point that, when using a cell phone, people are less likely to offer assistance potentially jeopardizing passenger safety and survival during an emergency.
Imagine the heightened noise and tension that expanded cell phone use would create among passengers, who would find it more difficult than ever to sleep, read or work in-flight, increasing levels of irritation. Flight Attendants would be placed in the uncomfortable position of asking disruptive passengers to end phone conversations, or potentially having to monitor cabin conversations for appropriateness.
The DOT is currently seeking comments on whether it should adopt this rule to allow passengers to use their cell phones and other mobile devices. Let our voices be heard and go to NoCallsonPlanes.com to submit your comment to the DOT. This requires all of us to engage and urge our flying partners, family and friends to do the same.