[Marxism] Unions vs. the Good Guys at Delta Airlines

Dan DiMaggio dan.dimaggio at gmail.com
Fri Aug 5 21:22:46 MDT 2011


Here is a link to an article with more details on what Michael was pointing
out:

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/05/139014981/faa-deal-puts-off-reckoning-on-delta-other-issues

Excerpt:

But while the FAA shutdown has ended for now, the underlying issues remain,
which is why Congress has had to pass a series of temporary extensions
rather than a long-term measure. And the biggest issue is a union dispute.

At its heart is a ruling by a rather obscure federal authority — the
National Mediation Board. Last year, the board ruled that unions trying to
organize airline employees would need only a majority of those voting in
determining whether to unionize. That ruling reversed several decades of
precedent, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor relations at the
University of Illinois.

"Under the prior rule, which had been in existence for decades," he said,
"it was necessary for a union to win a majority of all the employees in the
defined bargaining unit. That meant a nonvoter essentially voted no. That is
how nonparticipation was counted."

The Obama administration changed that rule so that the only votes that are
counted are the votes that are cast. Republicans don't like the new rule and
want to use the FAA reauthorization to overturn it.

The major airlines are all unionized, except for Delta, where flight
attendants and ground crews have been unsuccessfully trying to organize for
years, LeRoy said.



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