WASHINGTON, DC – Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) International President John Samuelsen issued the following statement lauding the bipartisan passage of the Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act (H.R. 8408):
“The bipartisan passage of this vitally crucial bill is a bright moment during this very dark time. Back in January of 2019, the TWU was the first union to call for the 737-MAX to be grounded because our members did not trust the aircraft to be safe. Over the past year and a half, it became crystal clear that the MAX was approved using a flawed process that purposely took advantage of the FAA’s systemic problems in order to avoid safety requirements.
“But now, with the Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act, all of these concerns will be addressed and the way we certify aircraft is permanently changed. TWU flight attendants, pilot instructors, aircraft mechanics and our many other members who work each and every day to ensure that the flying public and our aircraft are safe are grateful to Chairman DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves’ dedication to air safety at every level. We applaud your leadership on behalf of airline workers.”
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