Sending Office: Honorable John Garamendi
Cosponsors (6): Zeldin, Cisneros,
Fitzpatrick, Norton, Brownley, C. Smith
Endorsements: Transport Workers Union of America, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Airlines Division), Business Travel Coalition, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists,
Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
We invite you to cosponsor the “Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Disclosure Act” (H.R.4374), which would require airlines to publicly disclose the maintenance history for their aircraft
Commercial airlines perform periodic airframe heavy maintenance, which is more exhaustive than routine line maintenance conducted at airports. Unfortunately, there is an increasing trend of this maintenance being outsourced to countries in Central America
and Asia. Unlike repair stations in the United States, mechanics at foreign facilities are not required to undergo: FAA-certification, testing for drug and alcohol abuse, threat assessment/background checks, or unannounced safety inspections of facilities
Because of this outsourcing trend, thousands of good-paying aviation mechanic jobs in the United States have been lost. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that 9 airlines outsourced 27 percent of their heavy maintenance to these foreign
facilities. This outsourcing helps explain the 20,000 American jobs lost in airline maintenance during otherwise record growth in the global aviation sector.
We urge you to join us in cosponsoring this bipartisan bill. For information or questions, please have your staff contact Iain.Hart@mail.house.gov in Rep. Garamendi’s office or Sarah.Talmage@mail.house.gov in
Rep. Zeldin’s office.
Member of Congress
Lee M. Zeldin
Member of Congress
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