Spirit of 76
Submitted By Todd on May 11th at 10:07am
Democrats know that the things they want aren't popular, so they usually look to make change without having to pass laws.When it became clear that congress would never pass Card Check, liberals went back to their normal approach.
The National Mediation Board has overhauled a decades-old election rule to make it easier for airline and railway employees to unionize, in a sign that labor is getting a more favorable hearing at the federal agency under the Obama administration.These old way of doing things has been around for 76 years. Gone.
The agency, with a three-person board, is charged with regulating labor relations in aviation and railroads. The rule change, which was published online Monday in the Federal Register, was immediately opposed by both industries. More than 570,000 workers are employed by railroads and airlines, more than two-thirds of whom already are unionized.The airlines are just making a comeback, and the socialists want to hurt them. And the railroads have been weak for decades.
The U.S. airline industry hopes to turn a profit in 2010 after two years of heavy losses tied to high fuel prices and the recession. Most airlines currently are in negotiations with unions that are pushing for pay increases after workers' wages and benefits were slashed in the past decade through dramatic restructurings, often in bankruptcy court.It will be challenged.
The Air Transport Association, which represents major U.S. airlines, said in a statement it would seek judicial review of the ruling. "We continue to believe the National Mediation Board does not have legal authority to implement this rule, one that undoubtedly will lead to more labor discord," the organization said.This is how community organizers work. Don't go in through the front door. Instead, find a crack to slither through, and change the rules when nobody's looking.
Gaining organizing power is a hot-button issue for labor unions, which have watched their membership rate fall to 12.3% in 2009 from 20.1% in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An overhaul of labor law, the Employee Free Choice Act, is largely opposed by business groups and has been hung up in the Senate due to lack of support from Republicans and moderate Democrats. Labor leaders say they're still pushing for passage but have recently acknowledged that this could mean attaching some form of the bill to another piece of legislation.At a time when stronger unions can only hurt the recovery, the Obama White House cares more about unions than it does for American workers. They are agenda driven radicals.
Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education at Cornell University and a former union organizer, said unions won 44% of elections under NMB rules and more than 60% under NLRB rules from 1999 to 2003, according to government data. "There are all these elections that would have been won if they were under the NLRB standard," she said.National Labor Relations Board rules already require just a majority of votes tallied. This change brings the NMB rules in line with the NLRB.