Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Take Action Now

This Wednesday, May 20th, the House will vote on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Included in this bill is the Express Carrier Employee Protection Amendment as well as legislation on outsourcing of aircraft maintenance. Please send an e-mail to your Representative today urging him/her to pass the FAA Reauthorization Bill and not allow the Express Carrier Employee Protection Amendment or the outsourcing legislation to be removed or weakened.

The Express Carrier Employee Protection Amendment will ensure fair competition in the package delivery industry and protect the rights of employees. The deep pockets of corporations like FedEx should not determine which federal labor laws apply to employees, effectively denying them their right to organize. Nor should FedEx be allowed an unfair advantage in the package delivery industry.

The outsourcing legislation would apply the same inspection standards to all aircraft maintenance repair stations, whether foreign or domestic. The safety and security of air travel is at risk when our nation's airline maintenance is entrusted to foreign vendors without the rigorous inspection and oversight we have in the U.S.

We must work to protect the rights of workers through the Express Carrier Employee Protection Amendment and to stop the foreign outsourcing of American jobs in the airline maintenance field. Please urge your Representative to support the FAA Reauthorization Bill tomorrow with these critical pieces of legislation.