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White House Threatens FAA Reauthorization Veto

Rep. Phil Gingrey writes below:

This week, my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011. This bill includes a provision to reverse this NMB decision. It would restore fairness and integrity to the choice to unionize.

The Editors wrote on the same subject earlier this week: 

The National Mediation Board — which has decided RLA disputes since 1934 — interpreted the law this way for its first 75 years. But then, Obama took office and changed the composition of the board to 2–1 Democrat. In 2010, with no deliberation by Congress whatsoever — but with urging from the unions — the NMB simply changed course, declaring that from now on, a majority of voting employees is all that’s needed to unionize a work group…

Congress needs to reassert itself in the face of the NMB’s brazen sop to the unions, and the law now under consideration in the House — Title IX of the FAA Reauthorization Bill — would do just that, overriding the policy change. 

Today, the OMB issued an official administration statement that President Obama would veto the FAA Reauthorization if it included Title IX:

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 or that would degrade safe and efficient air traffic, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill.

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