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  • White House Backs Big Labor in Fight Over FAA Reauthorization Bill

    A year ago, a board of three unelected bureaucrats reversed 75 years of precedent when it decided airlines and railroads can unionize with the support of just a majority of voting workers rather than a majority of all workers.

    Today, the House of Representatives takes up a bill that would reverse that decision and restore precedent — but it faces internal opposition and the threat of a presidential veto.

    The Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill includes a provision, Title IX, that would annul the National Mediation Board’s 2010 Minority Rule decision and ensure that airlines and railroads unionize only with the support of a majority of their entire workforces. No longer would unions be able to organize airlines with the support of just 34 percent of the workforce, as AirTran did recently.

    Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) was the author of Title IX. Speaking on a conference call with bloggers yesterday, Gingrey said he is hopeful the FAA reauthorization bill will pass with his provision intact — but he also acknowledged Title IX faces substantial opposition.

    “That section is a very important part of the bill,” Gingrey said. “We feel very strongly that it’s going to stay in the bill, but there certainly is a movement afoot by some members to try to strike that section of the FAA reauthorization and revert back to this National Mediation Board decision of last May.” Gingrey called the decision an “end-around card check.”

    Chief among those who oppose Title IX are Reps. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), who have offered an amendment that would eliminate the Gingrey provision and uphold the National Mediation Board decision. These critics contend it’s unfair to count non-votes in a union election as “no” votes.

    But union elections differ in important ways from typical elections — and, once a union is formed, all workers are bound to join. Airline unionization is even more unique because no process to decertify an airline union exists. Furthermore, Right to Work laws do not apply in the airline industry. The sheer finality of the decision to unionize underscores the importance of a majority of workforce support.

    Gingrey is prepared to tackle the LaTourette-Costello Amendment, however.

    “We’re fighting really hard, talking to individual members and we hope that, when that amendment that is going to be offered to strike this section that’s so important in regard to this situation, that it will be defeated,” Gingrey said.

    President Obama has also promised to veto the bill if it passes with Title IX unamended.

    “If the president is presented with a bill that would not safeguard the ability of railroad and airline workers to decide whether or not they would be represented by a union based upon a majority of the ballots cast in an election … his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill,” the White House said in a statement.

    It’s only natural the president would support the decision of the members of the National Mediation Board — after all, he appointed them. But the decision to overturn established policy should not be taken lightly — especially when the action occurs in the executive branch, rather than the legislative. To threaten to veto the FAA reauthorization bill only further reinforces the impression that, in this instance, Obama plans to elevate the union agenda above an appropriately legislative decision.

    Undaunted, Gingrey’s goal is to elicit enough support to make all opposition irrelevant.

    “We want to win, we want to win big, we want to win in a bipartisan way,” he said. “That gives a House bill a tremendous amount of momentum.”

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    7 Responses to White House Backs Big Labor in Fight Over FAA Reauthorization Bill

    1. George Colgrove VA says:

      It is clear that under Obama, the federal workforce is nothing more than the left wing policy implementors. The best thing about Obama is that he exposed the greed and self serving nature of the federal workforce. This is good news in gettin the majoity of the American voters to start supporting the massive and neccessary reduction of the SIZE, SCOPE and SLOTH of the federal government. Our debt can no longer afford these feds with lavish and recreational ocupations. The people are slowly waking up and understanding the con job we are under with these feds. I do hacve hope that soon, we will be able to live our lives without see the work FED or having to interact with a person called a FED.

      The alternative to this is the death of the country. We are at the brink and if we do nothing to solve this – this year, this country cannot be saved. We do not need the FAA as a federal entity. Air travel is a private sector business. Lets have all the airports, jet manufacturers, and all other related businesses create a self regulatory body that will create its own standards and guides for airports to follow. Feds cannot see that far beyond their lush offices and often do not have the practical experience to know what decissions need to be made. On one plane I was on, we had to leave our place in line on the tar mat because we were on the tarmat for too long. We were only a few minutes away from taking off. We had to go back to a gate, open the door, have the walkway touch the plane, move the walkway away, close the door, then wait for a new place in line. All in all, we were in our seats for over another hour longer than we had to be – but by God, we followed those damn regulations!

      This is the choice – kill America to save these pompus self-centered greedy feds – or – significantly reduce the numbers of feds to save this hurting country.

      I vote for saving the country!

    2. Bobbie says:

      I'm with you, George. Government unions are Obama's protection and both clearly corrupting without conscience.

    3. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Is anyone surprised that Obama will veto this bill if it is passed. Obama owes his

      election to union money. Why would he do the right thing by staying out of union control policies such as Wisconsin? Wake up America, Obama does not intend

      to do things that will help America remain free. Obama hates the American way of life and is working extreamly hard to make sure it's destroyed in favor of socialism.

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    6. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      I've been screwed by Five Unions! I was forced to join, they promoted Communists with my dues, and since Unions are small d democracies, they are guaranteed to be usurped by despots! Sure enough, genuine Traitors took over the leadership of the Unions! Now these Commies are driving the Nation over the cliff! They are doing everything in their power to make America's fall inevitable!

      Thanks for pointing up more of the devils in the details! Forcing Americans to join Anti-American associations! I am sure Uncle Joe Stalin is laughing and partying in his grave.

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