Labor/Employment

Unions want 'thorough investigation' of Norwegian airline

A pair of unions for U.S. airline employees are calling for a "thorough investigation" of Norwegian Airlines bid to gain access to airports in the U.S. and European Union.

Norwegian Air is attempting to gain access to airports that are covered under the U.S. and European Union’s “Open Skies” agreement by registering its airplanes in Ireland, which is a member of the EU.

The Scandinavian company says it will be able to offer transatlantic flights for as low as $150 each way if its effort is approved by the Department of Transportation.

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Transportation sector gains 7,900 jobs in March

The transportation sector gained 7,900 jobs in March as the national unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,564,600 jobs in transportation in March, compared to 4,556,700 in February.

The jump was part of an overall 192,000 increase in overall jobs in March, the BLS said.

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Unions push administration to reject Norwegian airline

In a letter obtained by The Hill and sent Tuesday to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, more than 20 unions urged the administration to reject Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to the Transportation Department for a foreign air carrier permit.

“NAI is promoting a business model that has become all too familiar to the U.S. labor movement: undercut the competition by scouring the globe for cheap labor, diminished collective bargaining rights and weak regulations,” said the letter.

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Transportation sector loses 3,600 jobs

The transportation sector lost 3,600 jobs in February as the national unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,560,200 jobs in transportation in February, compared to 4,563,800 in January.

The drop occurred despite a 175,000 increase in overall jobs in February, the BLS said.

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Labor fight closes Portland port terminal

A Portland cargo ship terminal has been closed since Tuesday because of a labor fight between port workers and management, The Oregonian reports.

At issue is a fight between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the operator of the Portland port, ICTSI Oregon Inc., over the safety of working conditions for port employees and their health.

The work stoppage has resulted into the closing of the Portland port’s terminal six, according to the report.

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