The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday blocked a scheme by Norwegian Air International to fly in and out of U.S. airports while at the same time—through a series of corporate maneuvers—evading Norway’s strong labor and social laws and the airline’s existing collective bargaining relationships with its own employees. DOT’s ruling, said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD):
The announcement of the proposed merger between American Airlines—now in bankruptcy proceedings—and US Airways has drawn mixed reactions from the AFL-CIO unions, which represent workers at both airlines.
Edith Lauterbach, the last founding member of the first union for flight attendants, died earlier this week in San Francisco. She was 91. In a statement, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA ) said:
The flight attendant community lost our hero, our guiding light….As our heavy hearts remember our friend and trailblazing founder, we reflect on Edith’s contributions to our profession and our union each and every day.