(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne about the newly introduced FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes a provision in it that would bar European-based airlines from undermining U.S. labor rights or standards if they wish to operate in this country.
“After 18 months of hard work on H.R. 2150, the Flags of Convenience Don’t Fly Here Act, the Teamsters are pleased that House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) decided to include its language in the new FAA reauthorization bill rolled out late last week.
“The measure makes clear under the European Union-U.S. Open Skies agreement that labor standards shouldn’t be upended by foreign airlines, and bars the Department of Transportation from issuing an air carrier permit or an exemption from the rules to any EU provider. A ‘flag of convenience’ carrier is any foreign air carrier that is established in a country other than the home country of its majority ownership in an effort to avoid the home nation’s regulations.
“The Teamsters implore Congress to pass this provision in any FAA reauthorization that it considers so the rights of U.S. airline workers are protected.”
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