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Ruling Grounds Norwegian Air’s ‘Rogue’ Operation

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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):

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Union Members Play Big Part in Super Bowl Game Plan

Union Members Play Big Part in Super Bowl Game Plan

In New Orleans this Super Bowl week, there are plenty of fans sporting 49ers' red and gold caps and jerseys and Ravens' purple and black gear. But there also are thousands of union members—including many from unions in the Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO (GNO)—who proudly display their union label and are making the game possible and the fan experience in the Crescent City run smoothly.

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Senate Takes Step Toward Curbing Excessive Speculation in Oil Markets

This is a crosspost from the Air Line Pilots’ (ALPA) Pilot Partisan blog. 

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a much-needed boost to the Commodities Future Trading Commission’s (CFTC) budget yesterday. The CFTC is responsible for implementing and enforcing rules to ensure speculative trading in the oil futures market is tightly monitored.

Most airlines utilize hedging strategies to protect themselves from wild spikes and drops in the price of oil. They are legitimate end users of the product, and the CFTC permits the airline industry to continue such legitimate hedging practices. However, many large investors use the derivatives markets to speculate on oil prices, resulting in unsustainable increases in fuel costs. Such speculation negatively impacts our jobs and our industry, which is why ALPA has been strongly advocating for tougher rules and oversight to reduce excessive speculation.

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ALPA’s Moak, AFT’s Johnson and SMWIA’s Nigro Named to AFL-CIO Executive Council

The AFL-CIO Executive Council welcomed three new members today: Airline Pilots (ALPA) President Capt. Lee Moak, Lorretta Johnson, executive vice president of AFT and Sheet Metal Workers (SMWIA) President Joseph Nigro. The Council also honored three retiring members at its annual August meeting, held this year at the National Labor College (NLC) in Silver Spring, Md.

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