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Supporters rally at Newark Airport to protect U.S. aviation jobs

By The Hub team, March 13, 2017

More than 200 uniformed employees, labor leaders and elected officials gathered in Terminal C at Newark's International Airport on Sunday to support our flights, our jobs and fair competition. The rally, led by Rick Hoefling, vice president of United's Newark hub, highlighted the massive subsidies fueling the growth of Gulf carriers on the same day that Emirates Airline launched its new daily nonstop service from Newark to Athens, Greece.

"We work very hard every single day to earn the trust of our customers and our employees — and we're happy to compete — competition makes us better," said Newark Ramp Service Managing Director Carl Cox, who came out to support the cause. "But when we can't compete with a company that can price their product below the cost of the service, we can't support our company, we can't support our jobs and our employees deserve that."

"I'm here for your job, future jobs and workers everywhere," said Newark-based Ramp Service Employee Sabrina Floyd, who also attended. "If we don't fight for ourselves, who is going to?"

During the rally, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) outlined the threat to U.S. jobs posed by the subsidization of Gulf carriers. Other speakers included President of the Association of Flight Attendants Master Executive Council (MEC) Ken Diaz, Local Executive Council Chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association Captain Glenn Johnson, as well as Newark Customer Service Manager John Deep and Newark Quality Control Aircraft Inspector Tony Hernandez.

"I'm here today because it's a worthy cause. When there's agreement, there's power, and this is definitely something we can all agree on," said Newark-based Ramp Service Manager Tony Smith.

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