Summary: To ensure that authorizations issued by the Secretary of Transportation to foreign air carriers do not undermine labor rights or standards, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 9/18/19.
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- Four large unions representing more than 70,000 workers at American Airlines applauded Rep. Peter DeFazio for introducing H.R. 3632, the Fair and Open Skies Act, to prevent the undermining of labor standards in the aviation industry.
This legislation would prohibit the Department of Transportation from issuing a permit to a foreign airline unless DOT determines the airline is not a “flag of convenience carrier.” The bill defines that phrase as “a foreign air carrier that is established in a country other than the home country of its majority owner or owners in order to avoid regulations of the home country.” Flag-of-convenience schemes are typically used to reduce labor costs. (Source: Unions at American Airlines)
- The bill specifies and clarifies how a multi-factor public interest test must be given consideration by the DOT before foreign air carrier permits can be issued.
The public interest test is being worded to see if a foreign airline is a “flag of convenience” or if it’s otherwise undermining labor standards that are not advantageous to U.S. workers and U.S. airlines.
New foreign air carrier permits applied for by EU airlines and approved by the DOT must comply with the labor standards provided for in Article 17 of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement. (Source: Captain Jetson)