HOUSE BILL BARS FOREIGNERS FROM STRIKEBREAKER JOBS

HOUSE BILL BARS FOREIGNERS FROM STRIKEBREAKER JOBS

Foreigners would be barred from working as crew members aboard U.S. aircraft and ships during strikes against the carriers under legislation passed by the House of Representatives.

The restrictions would apply only to planes or ships owned by U.S. companies that are entering or leaving the United States.Supporters of the legislation said the measure would protect the rights of striking U.S. workers by preventing companies from hiring foreigners to replace them.

Aliens should not be allowed to hurt American employees by working in their jobs as strikebreakers, said Rep. Marge Roukema, R-N.J., the measure's sponsor.

Opponents said the bill would hurt carriers by forcing them to release foreign employees in the event of a labor walkout, and would invite retaliation by other countries.

The legislation was written in response to a 1986 strike against Trans World Airlines Inc. by its flight attendants, in which the workers accused TWA of using foreigners to serve on trans-Atlantic flights.

The measure, approved by a 302-114 vote, goes to the Senate, where no action has yet been taken.