Airline Accountability

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NEW REPORT Risk: American Airlines’ Environmental and Lobbying Misalignment Could Impact Shareholders, Workers, and the Environment

This report identifies areas of misalignment between American Airlines’ environmental statements and related lobbying, human rights and safety commitments, and the company’s actual practices. Misalignment poses risks to the company and shareholders.

Time for an Antitrust Review of American and Alaska’s West Coast Alliance

American Airlines’ alliance with JetBlue is now the subject of a lawsuit by the US Department of Justice and Attorneys General from six states and the District of Columbia.[1] In filing the suit, US Attorney General Merrick Garland called the… Continue Reading →

DOJ Challenges American Airlines-JetBlue Northeast Alliance

Pressure Had Been Building in Recent Months as Consumer Groups, Antitrust organizations and SEIU filed comments calling for a full review The US Justice Department along with six states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, September… Continue Reading →

NEW REPORT: Not Ready For Take Off: How US Airlines Took Billions in Aid While Creating an Increasingly Fissured, Unstable Industry

U.S. airlines responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with decisions about staffing that continue misguided tensions with workers who serve airline travelers. Despite receiving billions of dollars in federal assistance to help protect jobs and keep our nation’s aviation system ready,… Continue Reading →

SEIU Joins Passengers, Airports, Anti-Trust Groups in Expressing Concern Regarding American Airlines-JetBlue Joint Venture

The nearly 2 million member union submitted comments to the Department of Transportation this week The Service Employees International Union submitted comments last week to the US Department of Transportation regarding the increasingly scrutinized joint venture by American Airlines and… Continue Reading →

Aid for Airports Should be Used to Make Airports Safer and Healthier Now, And for the Next Crisis

Airports are critical infrastructure for cities and states that are funded by public resources.2They connect people across the country and around the world. Airports have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, but have received significantly less government aid than the $54 billion allocated to airlines.

NEW REPORT: Airborne: Grounding the Next Pandemic Before it Takes Off

In a new report, airport workers continue to raise alarms about the safety of the nation’s aviation system during the busy holiday travel season, which kicked off with 1.2 million people flying for the Thanksgiving holiday, a pandemic high for… Continue Reading →

Is Menzies’ History of Hazardous Worker Safety Putting Workers at Risk?

As the aviation industry struggles to recover and keep its workers and passengers safe during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important that airlines don’t neglect the potential workplace hazards that its contracted workers face at their airport operations. In our latest… Continue Reading →

Airline Accountability Act Reintroduced in Congress with Focus on Airlines Who Use Low-Road Contractors

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 →

NEW SURVEY FINDS: Contracted Airport Service Workers at Houston Intercontinental Airport are Exceptionally Underpaid

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.

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