Skip to comments.Obama issues veto threat over union measure in FAA bill
Posted on 03/31/2011 8:53:09 AM PDT by Qbert
President Obama has threatened to veto the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill unless a provision on union organizing is removed.
In a statement of administration policy Wednesday, the White House said the president's "senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill" if the legislation "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."
The White House said the veto threat also applies to the funding levels in the FAA bill. The statement said the president's advisors would also recommend a veto if the legislation "would degrade safe and efficient air traffic."
The FAA reauthorization bill has a provision that repeals a rule finalized by the National Mediation Board (NMB) in May of last year.
The revised rule allows workers at companies covered by the Railway Labor Act to form unions if a majority of them vote to unionize. The old rule would count workers who did not cast ballots in union elections as "no" votes while the revised version does not count them at all.
The legislation is expected to be voted on as early as Thursday this week. Unions have begun to mobilize behind an amendment to the bill offered by Reps. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) and Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) that would protect the new NMB rule from repeal.
Nevertheless, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has predicted that the NMB rule repeal will stay in the legislation despite labor's lobbying against it.
How much pork is hid in this bill.
Go ahead Soetoro, fight for your union thugs and continue to drive the REAL people in our country to do what is needed to see that you never re-enter the WH after 21 Jan. 2013!
If three employees vote at a union sanctioned gathering and two of the three vote yea or nay on an issue, that would bind the other 22,000 workers who did not vote to the two person majority of the three who voted.
Gimme a break and would someone please who has standing in the matter litigate it to the supreme court, thank you!
That’s one way to cut spending.
When will Americans realize that Unions are the communists shadow government in America.
This bill had a specific provision to reclassify FEDEX away from the Railway Labor Act. This would allow the Teamsters to organize location by location instead of the whole system at once. They need the FEDEX pension money to bailout the horrible condition of the Teamsters pensions. He can veto; but it is a dead issue in the House I pray.
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