As our nation’s leaders debate reauthorization of the FAA, a growing number of labor unions are weighing in to call on Congress to allow airports to increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) according to their local infrastructure needs.
So far, leaders from the following labor councils and federations have issued statements in support of airports on this issue. (You can click on the individual group for their statement, or download the entire packet with cover letter to either the House or Senate.)
Alameda Labor Council AFL-CIO
Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council
Greater Boston Labor Council
Boston Metropolitan Building Trades Council
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council
Metro Detroit AFL-CIO
Central Florida AFL-CIO (statement and resolution)
Central Indiana Labor Council
Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
M.L. King County Labor Council
Nevada State AFL-CIO
Southern Nevada Central Labor Council
New York State AFL-CIO
New York City Central Labor Council
Northern Virginia Labor Federation
San Francisco Labor Council and Building Trades Council
San Mateo County Central Labor Council and Building Trades Council
South Bay Labor Council (CA)
Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO
A number of these statements are a version of the following:
Our Unions represent hardworking men and women who build our nation’s airports and their runways, who prepare meals for travelers, who load and unload air cargo, who keep terminals clean and who keep the flying public safe. Airports are economic engines in our communities.
We join airports in calling on Congress to reduce the federal limitation on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). The PFC is a successful local program that airports need expanded to help keep infrastructure up to the demands of modern travel and to help get travelers’ flights out on time. The Federal Government has not allowed a PFC increase in 15 years.
We believe airports should be able to set the PFC according to their local needs.
New terminal facilities, new runways and other airport improvements supported by the PFC help U.S. airports compete as drivers in the global economy, creating a better experience for passengers and good jobs for even more hardworking Americans.