Trump Sided With Qatar Airways/Air Italy Over U.S. Airline Workers

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Trump Sided With Qatar Airways/Air Italy Over U.S. Airline Workers.

President Donald Trump has consistently expressed support for protecting American jobs. But four top airline industry labor leaders say that support seemed to waver at a White House meeting last month.

The July 19th White House meeting was expected to help resolve the continuing controversy over subsidized Qatar Airways’ investment in Air Italy.

Instead, the president appeared to be more closely aligned with Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker then with the CEOs of American Airlines and United Airlines, which jointly employ about 200,000 workers, the vast majority of them in the United States.

The meeting “was disrespectful to U.S. workers who have been pleading for our government to enforce agreements {with Mideast carriers] so that we can compete on a level playing field,” said Sara Nelson president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents about 50,000 flight attendants including about 25,000 at United.

Aviation News