Legal Loophole Allows Non-Certified

Discussion in 'UPS Airline / Gateway' started by unionman, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. unionman

    unionman New Member

    U​
    .S.-certificated airline mechanics
    are facing a systematic
    decline in pay because
    of immigration law and regulatory
    loopholes.
    I saw firsthand how a foreignowned
    aircraft repair firm exploits
    both those loopholes to drive down
    airline mechanics’ wages – within
    the borders of the United States.
    Singapore Technologies Engineering
    owns two of the largest
    MRO facilities in the United States: S
    TMobile Aerospace (MAE), inMobile,
    Ala., and San Antonio Aerospace (SAA) in San Antonio, Texas.
    The company recruits non-certificated foreign workers,
    bringing them into the U.S. legally to replace U.S. workers at
    lower pay scales. It can do so because Federal Aviation Administration
    regulations allow non-certificated mechanics to work on
    airplane. Also because immigration law allows foreign workers in
    specialty occupations to work temporarily for employers in the
    U.S. under H-1B visas.
    I visited S T Mobile Aerospace with two other United Airlines
    mechanics. Combined, we have more than 60 years’ experience.
    We were sent to Mobile to recover an engine for Pratt andWhitney.
    While we were there, we befriended some of the MAE foreign
    workers. Combined, these ten or so workers had less than
    half the years of experience we had.
    The MAE workers were assigned to complete the engine preshipping
    process and to help us where needed. We did just fine
    on our own, but we enjoyed the company.
    While there, we marveled at how many of these workers it
    took to perform even the simplest task like removing a tail cone.
    We also saw the extraordinary amount of time spent on each job.
    How can this be a cost savings to the airlines?
    We noticed that each crew’s tasks were precisely pointed out
    by the shift supervisor who spoke to only one man. We later
    learned that man was named the “lead” because he could translate
    English to other crew members. The shift supervisor would
    return at infrequent, long intervals to check on the progress and
    assign tasks. He and he alone, carried the necessary FAA-mandated
    paperwork.
    This maintenance crew at MAE was from the Philippines.
    They were very pleasant.We made friends quickly and in limited

    English managed to communicate well enough.
    They explained how they used certificates and licenses from
    their own country to obtain foreign visas and secure guaranteed
    work even before they left home. I, in turn, explained to them
    how a jet engine operates. Some were obviously hearing this for
    the first time but I don’t blame them. God bless any worker who
    does all he can for his family.
    According to my new friends at MAE, a contracting company
    is offered a certain dollar amount to fill a vacancy. The agency,
    such as AircraftWorkersWorldwide, in Daphne, Alabama, will
    find people in other countries, like the Philippines, who will leave
    their homes and family in search of work. After paying a fee, they
    are then helped to obtain the required and necessary documents,
    brought to the U.S. and put to work as contractors.
    They start at a fraction of the amount paid by theMRO to the
    original contractor. Then, in some cases, higher paid American
    workers are put on the street and the process begins again. The contractor
    walks away with a nice chunk of change in this exchange.
    The men I talked to earned anywhere from $8 to $12 dollars an
    hour with the lead earning the top pay. They all realized they were
    paid only a portion of what the contract company was taking in.
    “But what about American workers you put out of a job?” I
    asked. Their unapologetic answer was simply that “the money
    here is better than our country. Even if it is lower than what
    Americans make, our families have to eat too and mostly, we
    were ​
    invited.”
    Unfortunately, that is true. These foreign workers are not to
    blame for the loss of American jobs. They too are exploited.
    Our fight is not against these workers.We are only against
    them being used to undercut wage standards.
    Equal pay for equal work is the answer to this problem. These
    men should be paid competitive salaries to remove the big profit
    incentive from the whole system that exploits them and replaces
    us. The visa system should not be used as a labor discount outlet
    to supplement the lavish incomes of corporate management.
    It’s pure greed that drivesMAE and SAA to pit us against lowwage
    immigrant workers. Profits for US airlines are also a big temptation
    to send work to lower-cost repair facilities within our borders.
    We need standards and proper oversight to allow fair and
    competitive pay and benefits for qualified foreign workers and to
    end the loopholes that allow the importation of exploitable immigrants.
    Only then can we stop the race to the bottom.
    It’s time we remind those in power that all workers, regardless
    of country of origin, are united in demanding we be treated fairly

    because
    labor does indeed, create all wealth.
     
  2. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Do these illegal workers pee off the dock? Because that would be gross.
     
  3. unionman

    unionman New Member

    Don't care if they do, as long as its in the Philipines. 10% unemployment and companies are allowed to bring in these workers.