This week, the Air Line Pilots Association, International launched the “Save Our Skies” (S.O.S.) campaign to raise awareness of the real, harmful threats that the U.S. airline industry and its workers face today. Our campaign is taking an aggressive multiplatform media and grassroots approach that will exploit Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) blatant attempt to skirt labor laws. The goal of S.O.S. is to mobilize the American public to voice their collective support and join our efforts to stand up against actions that threaten U.S. aviation jobs.
The S.O.S. campaign focuses on key challenges that negatively impact the U.S. airline industry and its employees, including NAI, excessive airline taxes, state-supported airlines, and Ex-Im Bank subsidies to foreign carriers.
Creating public awareness around these issues, specifically NAI’s application for a foreign air carrier permit, is crucial to ensuring that the U.S. government levels the playing field for U.S. airlines to compete in the international marketplace. If the U.S. Department of Transportation approves NAI’s application for a foreign air carrier permit, it would set a dangerous precedent for the airline industry by implementing the same flag-of-convenience model that destroyed the U.S. maritime industry. ALPA won’t let that happen to the U.S. airline industry. As the leading voice of the piloting profession and with the backing from our allies in both the business and labor sectors, we are positioned to win. But we can’t stop here!
More than 30,000 people have signed the #denyNAI petition, and more than 100 members of Congress have voiced their support for our position, urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to stop this dangerous scheme and stand up for American workers. If you have not done so already, it’s time to show your support and join the fight to Save Our Skies by telling the Obama administration to #denyNAI.
There is too much on the line not to take action!