Last August GOP extremists in Congress were so intent on repealing democratic voting rights for airline workers that they forced the FAA to shutdown, causing thousands of layoffs and costing the federal government millions in airline ticket tax revenue. A stopgap funding measure got the FAA back to work, but that temporary fix expires on September 16. House Republicans, backed by intense lobbying by Delta and other airlines, show no signs of letting up on their attacks on voting rights.
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In 2009, the National Mediation Board (NMB) implemented new voting rules designed to make union representation elections more democratic and conform to the way other elections are conducted where winners are decided by those who actually show up to vote. The old NMB rules counted anyone who didn’t vote as an automatic “no” vote.
“The new National Mediation Board rules simply give transportation workers similar election rules as members of Congress enjoy – elections are decided by those who actually vote,” said IAM Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr. “That’s the fair way, and Congress must stop attacking the rights of transportation workers.”