January 20, 2006
Capt. Woerth to Testify Before Congress on Foreign Control
ALPA President, Capt. Duane Woerth, will put Congress on notice that airline pilots have serious concerns about the administrationís fast-track attempt to change longstanding policy that prohibits foreign interests from exercising control over U.S. airlines.
The U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on the Department of Transportation's proposal for Feb. 8, 2006. Capt. Woerth will raise ALPAís strong opposition to allowing foreign investors to make key operational and economic decisions at U.S. airlines, including fleet planning, route structure, pricing, and marketing.
Capt. Woerth will also underscore how the administrationís proposal to increase foreign control ignores the potential impact on wages and working conditions of airline employees, as well as on aviation safety and security.
It is more important than ever that ALPA members continue to urge Congress to seriously explore the labor, safety and security ramifications presented by a dramatic policy change of this nature. Visit Crewroom.alpa.org to view the latest Action Alert and make your voice heard in Washington.