It only took a year for Obama appointee to the National Mediation Board (NMB), Linda A. Puchala to make a difference. Today the NMB decided to change a 76-year-old rule on union elections making it much easier for airlines and railroads to become unionized and not surprisingly Ms Puchala, the former head of the Flight Attendants Union Cast the deciding vote.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said Monday he wants to stop a federal rule change by the Obama administration that could make it easier for railway and airline employees to form unions..
Isakson said the board had no authority to make the change, which he described as an assault on employee rights.
“The National Mediation Board simply does not have the legal authority to make such a radical change without congressional authorization,” Isakson said in a statement. “With this rule change, a union could be permanently recognized without a majority of employees having ever supported representation.”
Isakson said he would look into using the Congressional Review Act to overturn the decision. The act allows lawmakers to oversee and overturn regulations issued by any executive branch agency.
The law is rarely used, and to overturn a rule requires a resolution of disapproval approved by both the Congress and the president in the few months after the rule is issued. The resolution cannot be filibustered in the Senate.
It is highly unlikely that the President who has made many decisions favoring unions over the rights of the American people will side with the Republicans on this issue.
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), the ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, also slammed the rule change, saying the board “imposed a quick fix at the behest of organized labor.”
More Labor unrest, Higher ticket prices, and more flight delays, that’s change you better believe in, because its coming soon.
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