Thu, Feb 12, 2009
Says Greater Oversight Is Needed
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
(IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr., testified before
the Aviation Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives'
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Wednesday, on the
subject of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Reauthorization Act of 2009.
"Industry conditions have imposed great burdens on workers as
carriers compete to reduce costs," said Roach. "Such an
extraordinary focus on the bottom line demands greater, not less,
government oversight, and proper FAA funding is a must."
Roach urged the Committee to resolve jurisdictional conflicts
between the National Mediation Board and the National Labor
Relations Board, and address Flight Attendant issues such as
fatigue and their lack of workplace health and safety regulations.
Roach also called for enough FAA inspectors to ensure one level of
aircraft safety and maintenance oversight regardless of where in
the world the aircraft maintenance is performed.
Additionally, General Vice President Roach requested funding to
train America's youth for aviation jobs.
"The Machinists Union supports institutions, such as New York
City's Aviation High School, that provide students with the skills
needed to work in the aviation industry," said Roach. "The FAA
should invest in the industry's future by investing in our children
and expanding high school aviation training programs."
The IAM is the largest airline union in North America,
representing more than 100,000 airline employees in almost every
classification, including Flight Attendant, Mechanic & Related,
Fleet Service, Customer Service and Reservation Agents.
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