Regular readers of Airline Accountability will not be surprised to hear that we were pleased to learn of the recent reintroduction of The Airline Accountability Act, in Congress. The bill targets the airline industry’s practice of outsourcing labor to low-road… Continue Reading →
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) serves as a gateway for visitors to our vibrant and fast-growing city. United Airlines has 77 percent market share at IAH and depends on airport workers and our taxpayer-funded airport to make their billions in profits, but the thousands of airport service workers who make the airport run are struggling to make ends meet. 1A recent survey of more than 300 contracted service workers, including skycaps, wheelchair attendants and cabin cleaners found that 43 percent of those surveyed are paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and 96 percent make less than $11 an hour. Ninety-four percent of the workers surveyed say they do not make enough to support themselves and their families.
Airlines such as American and Delta contract out certain passenger services like cabin cleaning and wheel chair assistance to companies like Eulen America. Recent investigations into Eulen reveal serious problems with that company in East coast airports.
As a result of recent changes in contracting at Southwest Airlines, critical, front-line passenger service and safety positions – jobs like wheelchair assistants, baggage handlers, and plane cleaners – are now being performed by workers employed by low-road, irresponsible contractors… Continue Reading →
SEIU United Service Workers West has released a new report that links the millions that airlines like Southwest Airlines receive in taxpayer money through California’s Statewide Travel Program (STP) and the company’s use of low-road, irresponsible contractors to perform many front-line… Continue Reading →
Despite the dysfunction created by President Trump, Mayors and local elected officials are showing that they have the power to improve the lives of working people and make our cities a place where a hard day’s work is rewarded with fair pay and a voice on the job.
Many Americans see air travel around the holidays as a necessary evil. We brave the stress of crowds, delays, high ticket prices, high bag fees, and hope we don’t have to change our plans and pay even higher change fees…. Continue Reading →
The move by the New Jersey legislature to consider closing this loophole is an important step. United Airlines made more than $2 billion in profit last year. Recent research suggested that, nationally, states lose roughly $1 billion in jet fuel tax giveaways. As New Jersey takes an important step towards rectifying this issue, other states should examine their own jet fuel tax policies and consider whether, like in New Jersey, there is an opportunity to close loopholes, while funding important transit infrastructure projects that benefit everyone.
Airlines for America (A4A), the largest lobbying organization for the US airline industry, presents itself as a benign organization focused on publishing dreamy photos of airplanes and sunsets. In reality, A4A is a powerful political force, representing multibillion corporations like United… Continue Reading →
While legislatures struggle to find resources to fund our communities’ basic needs, airlines are taking billions in tax subsidies to pad their bottom line. States can do right by taxpayers by ending fuel tax giveaways and other corporate welfare to airlines.