Democrats Step Up in FAA Authorization Fight

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 3:15 pm

Perhaps there’s a limit to how many caves can occur in a week, because Democrats are actually taking a stand on the FAA authorization mess. The backstory here is that House Republicans basically left town without extending the FAA, which has been in partial shutdown since last week. As a result, 4,000 FAA personnel are on furlough, construction contracts are on halt (putting another 70,000 temporarily out of work), airport inspectors are flying around on their own dime without pay, and $200 million a week in taxes are going away, into the hands of the airlines, who are pocketing the money. All because Republicans don’t want Delta Airlines workers to be able to unionize, basically.

 

Congress Officially Leaves Town Without FAA Agreement

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 6:12 am

A testament to how the new Washington operates. Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have passed an FAA authorization bill. The particulars are in the range of 90% the same. While they work something out on the last 10%, they could pass an extension of the old authorization, the way they have 20 times since 2007. But House Republicans want to make it harder for Delta’s workers to unionize. They want to mandate that any absent voter in a union election is a vote against the union. They haven’t yet applied this to their own elections, but that’s how they want unions to operate. The NLRB passed regulations that would ban this practice, and Delta simply won’t allow votes for its workers under the new rules. And Republicans have hijacked the FAA on behalf of Delta.

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