Katie Gage

This leads to the question: is this really what a so-called non-partisan, independent, unbiased board of negotiators should be pushing on America?

The NMB was created in 1934 to settle labor disputes and keep America’s airlines and railroads moving. However, political agendas have a way of creeping into every crevice of government. The NMB now seems more concerned with pushing American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Richard Trumka’s agenda than keeping America on the move and employed.

Old fashioned ideas like fair elections are of little concern to agencies like the NMB. This administrative agency is made up of three people, all presidential appointees, two of whom were former union officials and one who was not even meaningfully consulted before the rule change.

Americans and our elected representatives have successfully kept EFCA at bay for two years. But rather than respect worker rights and voter preferences, union bosses have worked hard to place people in positions like the NMB in order to circumvent Congress and force workers into unions through regulations.

Passing the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 will overturn a politically-motivated decision made by a government agency run by unaccountable bureaucrats. Furthermore, it will defend the idea that workplace elections should be fair, open and honest. Lastly, it will let labor bosses know that Americans are not going to let them bully us into bailouts at the expense of hardworking men and women.


Katie Gage

Katie Gage is the executive director of the Workforce Fairness institute.