Thursday, March 31, 2011

Report from the bloggers' conference call on the NMB with Rep. Phil Gingrey

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) is taking the lead in fighting a stealth unionization drive, one that of course is being encouraged by the Obama administration. A union organizing voting rule effecting the railway and airline industries that has been in place for 75 years was changed by a little-known government panel, the National Mediation Board.

When the Democrats took over Congress in 2007, they tried to enact Big Labor's Holy Grail, card check, which would replace secret ballot elections when workers decide on joining a union with a "free to peek" petition drive. The bosses never got their grail, but in a blogger conference call yesterday, Gingrey called the NMB maneuver an "end-around card check."

As I reported on Monday, the machinists' union "won" an election to represent AirTran Airways reservations and fleet employees. A majority of those who voted--but not a majority of these workers--voted for the union. This may not seem like a big deal, current law covering airline and railway union members makes it almost impossible to decertify their union.

Which is why Gingrey and other members of Congress are urging a "Yes" vote on the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 which will, get this, allow the lawmakers write laws. Specifically, it will reverse the NMB decision. Of the "unelected bureaucrats" on the NMB, in the conference call the Georgian told us, "It's not their job to make law or usurp law."

The vote on what Gingrey says is a "hugely important bill" will probably occur today or tomorrow.

Related post:

Obama union payback continues: This time it's the National Mediation Board

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