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Allied Pilots Association on New U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement: “We Want to Thank President Trump for His Strong Leadership”

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 30, 2018) – In response to the announcement of a preliminary agreement in principle between the United States and Mexico to update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) expressed its support for President Trump’s commitment to fair, free, and reciprocal trade. In particular, APA strongly endorses the president’s commitment to ensuring that the agreement has “the strongest, fully enforceable labor standards of any trade agreement.”

“We want to thank President Trump for his strong leadership,” said Capt. Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association. “His efforts to put the word ‘fair’ back into the North American Fair Trade Agreement represent a promise kept and a victory for the working people of America.

“Our nation’s working men and women deserve a level playing field where international trade agreements are concerned,” Carey said. “Accordingly, we urge the president to support Section 530 of H.R. 4, the House-passed FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Section 530 addresses a serious flaw in the U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement putting the American aviation industry at an unfair disadvantage that, left uncorrected, will destroy tens of thousands of good middle-class jobs.

“APA supports President Trump’s goal of fair, free, and reciprocal trade, and we look forward to reviewing the details of the agreement in the coming days.”

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org. American Airlines is the world’s largest passenger airline.

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