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Norwegian Air is very close to gaining the right to staff its flights to the US with cheap offshore labor from developing nations using an Irish flight certificate if a recent DOT approval stands. (Ryan Air is also based in Ireland)

Norwegian will then be able to avoid US and UK labor laws in order to undercut every US carrier on international flights by exploiting relaxed labor policies of Ireland. This would cast aside many decades of hard work to build these labor standards.

US carriers could then create international subsidiaries and staff international flights to and from the US and elsewhere with cabin crews and pilots based in foreign lands with lower labor costs.

Norwegian will be doing US airline management a favor.

Even US- based Norwegian Air flight attendants are working to organize in order to establish job security since their careers could also be off-shored.

Check the latest events regarding the DenyNAI Campaign

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Additionally, there will be nothing stopping US carriers from setting up overseas bases as well to begin staffing flights with foreign workers.

example: Delta Airlines has already stated they are considering opening an international operation to compete more effectively with the lower labor costs of some foreign carriers.

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Let the Department of Transportation know this is not acceptable. There is a very short period of time in which to contact your Representative and let them know to support HR 5090.

Click the following link to follow the easy steps on the Association of Flight Attendants website. Whether you are with a union or non-union, this is important to save your job and those of thousands of your peers.

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“This airline is ‘Norwegian’ in name only because it uses a flag of convenience to base crews where labor laws are weak,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Transportation Committee, who called himself “extremely disappointed” with the tentative decision. “Its global outsourcing business model exploits terrible labor, tax and regulatory laws in other countries so it can save a few bucks and undercut competition in the aviation marketplace.”

Parody video: Even in 2012, Aluminum Lady was devising plans to give workers the shaft. Then she chose penguins to replace US-based flight attendants. Scroll to 3:45 for Penguin Workforce details. Norwegian’s plan is so much easier! Don’t let it happen
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Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants Picket Airline For A Living Wage

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Over 20 Air Wisconsin flight attendants picketed at the airport of Appleton, Wisconsin, which is home to the regional carrier that pays many of them as little as $15,000 a year and bases them in some of the most expensive areas of the country.

“To live in Washington DC on these wages is nearly impossible. People may say for me to get another job, but someone will still have to work for $15, 000 a year in Washington DC! What management is doing to hard working people is not right!” — Air Wisconsin flight attendant

“They are living in poverty wages,” said Toni Higgins, an Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International staff representative and former flight attendant to USA Today Network-Wisconsin

Ernie Lazernick, president of the Air Wisconsin unit of AFA-CWA to USA Today

“A lot of them end up working extra jobs, so they’re working 2-3 jobs just to make ends meet and pay their health care bills and food and lodging and their rent,” she said. “They want to take good care of their passengers and when you’re stressed about not being able to pay your bills, it’s really hard on them.”

“The airline industry has been very profitable over the years, and it’s their time to increase (flight attendants’) wages to a living wage.”

Lazernick pointed out that although AirWis management has refused to raise the pay of flight attendants since 2007, they have been offered bonuses.

Ernie Lazernick, president of the Air Wisconsin unit of AFA-CWA, said flight attendants are guaranteed 70 hours a month with a starting pay of $17.51. The company has so far responded with an offer of a 1.8 percent raise, and a subsequent offer of 2 percent.

 

 

 

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