Answer: John Kline who is on a first name bases with NWA CEO has taken $2500 from Northwest Airlines this cycle alone.
I wrote about this before here!
Kline's loyality lies with NWA and their CEO. He helps meets any of the NWA corporation needs over…oh let’s say…the mechanics or pilots or the flight attendants or the everydammday airline worker? It's just plain wrong. Contact Kline and tell him what you think. Ask him support the workers.
For Immediate Release
November 17, 2005 Contact: Afshin Mohamadi (Maloney)
Sonia Meléndez (Solis)
Corey Caldwell (AFA)
Rob Laughlin (PFAA)
Action to Save Northwest Flight Attendant Jobs From Outsourcing 87 Bipartisan Members of Congress press Northwest CEO, while flight attendants descend on Capitol Hill to lobby Congress
WASHINGTON, DC - As Northwest Airlines prepares to outsource 2,600 flight attendant jobs on international flights, there was action on Capitol Hill today to stop the plan. 87 bipartisan Members of Congress, led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), today urged Northwest CEO Doug Steenland to reconsider his company's plan. Meanwhile more than 50 flight attendants, joined by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and the Professional Flight Attendants Association, visited Washington today to meet with lawmakers.
Northwest, which has filed for bankruptcy, has already begun contracting out mechanic work, and there is concern that other airlines will adopt their flight attendant plan. It is uncertain if the foreign workers Northwest plans to hire for international flights will be subject to the same security background checks as American employees.
"We are trying to keep this outsourcing scheme from taking off," said Maloney. "Northwest's plan will cost thousands of American jobs, and it could compromise American security - we still don't know if foreign-based flight attendants would be subject to adequate background screening. If Northwest outsources, other air carriers will surely follow, and the costs will be multiplied."
"At a time when flight attendants have suffered layoffs and benefit reductions as a result of the airline industry's financial problems since September 11th, Northwest should not pull the rug out from under these hardworking men and women with an ill-advised outsourcing plan, said Rep. Hilda L. Solis, (CA-32). "The qualifications and experience of flight attendants are vital to our national security, and we should support these flight attendants, not outsource their jobs for small savings."
"This attempt to outsource flight attendant jobs not only affects our profession as a whole, but the entire general public as well," said Dianne Tamuk, President of AFA-CWA Council 5 at United. "It has been shown that one airline job supports 18 additional jobs in the community, so if this proposal is carried out, entire communities will be devastated. We will continue to fight this issue to ensure that we protect our profession, our communities, and the safety of our passengers. We must not compromise our safety and security just so that companies can sell our jobs to the lowest bidder."
"Legislators agree that Mr. Steenland needs to reconsider his over-the-top proposal to outsource such important safety-security positions onboard U.S. flag carriers," said Rob Laughlin, Legislative Affairs Coordinator of PFAA. "Flight attendants are unsung heroes of national security. They should be fairly recognized and valued for the service they provide daily to millions of Americans in making our skies safe for travel. Some lawmakers we met with in Washington recognized that having U.S. Flight Attendants staff U.S. flag carriers is another way of ensuring our skies remain safe. They recognize that you cannot put a price on securing our nation's airliners."
According to the PFAA, U.S. Flight Attendants are subject to extensive 10-year criminal security background checks, fingerprinting and are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate onboard U.S. carriers. The federal government has classified flight attendants as "safety-sensitive" employees and therefore they are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
Signing the letter to Mr. Steenland were:
CAROLYN B. MALONEY (D-NY), JIM RAMSTAD (R-MN), HILDA L. SOLIS (D-CA), JOHN D. DINGELL (D-MI), FRANK R. WOLF (R-VA), THADDEUS G. McCOTTER (R-MI), GEORGE MILLER (D-CA), JOHN CONYERS, Jr. (D-MI), JANE HARMAN (D-CA), MARCY KAPTUR (D-OH), ALCEE L. HASTINGS (D-FL), BART STUPAK (D-MI), MARTIN OLAV SABO (D-MN), JERROLD NADLER (D-NY), SHERROD BROWN (D-OH), ED PASTOR (D-AZ), SANDER M. LEVIN (D-MI), NICK RAHALL (D-WV), BART GORDON (D-TN), GINNY BROWN-WAITE (R-FL), ROSA L. DeLAURO (D-CT), GARY L. ACKERMAN (D-NY), JAMES P. MORAN (D-VA), ROBERT MENENDEZ (D-NJ), BERNARD SANDERS (I-VT), ELIOT L. ENGEL (D-NY), COLLIN C. PETERSON (D-MN), PETER A. DeFAZIO (D-OR), EDWARD J. MARKEY (D-MA), DALE E. KILDEE (D-MI), DENNIS J. KUCINICH (D-OH), BILL PASCRELL, Jr. (D-NJ), BARBARA LEE (D-CA), EMANUEL CLEAVER (D-MO), MICHAEL E. CAPUANO (D-MA), NEIL ABERCROMBIE (D-HI), RAÚL M. GRIJALVA (D-AZ), LEONARD L. BOSWELL (D-IA), BRIAN BAIRD (D-WA), SAM FARR (D-CA), TIMOTHY H. BISHOP (D-NY), THOMAS H. ALLEN (D-ME), ANTHONY D. WEINER (D-NY), JIM McDERMOTT (D-WA), BETTY McCOLLUM (D-MN), JAN SCHAKOWSKY (D-IL), STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES (D-OH), JIM MARSHALL (D-GA), MELISSA L. BEAN (D-IL), SHELLEY BERKLEY (D-NV), MICHAEL H. MICHAUD (D-ME), FRANK PALLONE, Jr. (D-NJ), RIC KELLER (R-FL), LINCOLN DAVIS (D-TN), JAY INSLEE (D-WA), MICHAEL F. DOYLE (D-PA), JOE BACA (D-CA), HAROLD E. FORD, Jr. (D-TN), ADAM SMITH (D-WA), ROB SIMMONS (R-CT), JOHN F. TIERNEY (D-MA), DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ (D-FL), ED CASE (D-HI), CAROLYN McCARTHY (D-NY), JOHN M. McHUGH (R-NY), BRIAN HIGGINS (D-NY), JOHN BARROW (D-GA), ROBERT A. BRADY (D-PA), RICK LARSEN (D-WA), JIM DAVIS (D-FL), CHARLIE MELANCON (D-LA), LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD (D-CA), STEPHEN F. LYNCH (D-MA), CHARLES B. RANGEL (D-NY), JULIA CARSON (D-IN), TIM RYAN (D-OH), TIM HOLDEN (D-PA), DANNY DAVIS (D-IL), JOHN LEWIS (D-GA), LYNN WOOLSEY (D-CA), CORRINE BROWN (D-FL), TOM TANCREDO (R-CO), STEVE ISRAEL (D-NY), DANIEL LIPINSKI (D-IL), ROBERT WEXLER (D-FL), RICK RENZI (R-AZ), RUSS CARNAHAN (D-MO).
note: Where the heck is JOHN KLINE? Why won't he represent the voters who put him in office!