The FAA Conference Report passed the House of
Representatives by a vote of 248 to 169 with 16 members
not voting. The following link is a list of how the
members of Congress Voted.
The Senate vote is expected at 5:30 PM on Monday night.
Please Call both of your US Senators and ask them to
This provision which remains in the FAA Bill basically
guts the RLA and changes the threshold for
unrelated labor provision would have far-reaching
effects on labor law related to airline and rail
mergers, identifying the election group, and voting
through the secret ballot. Under this provision, mergers
could effectively wipe out union contracts and
representation if a unionized workforce does not make up
at least 50 percent of the combined workforce. It would
also be difficult to identify the proper group within an
airline eligible to vote in an election."
Basically what this means for US Airways is If this
provision passes, a merger with a non union carrier like
Delta could ultimately leave us without ANY contract or
The language in this provision is very muddy and up for
interpretation so it is unclear how it will ultimately
effect a merger between two different union carriers as
in a merger with AA. It could possibly open up the
ballot to a non union option and at the very least would
take away your choice to decide which union you would
like to represent you.
With all the media speculation of an impending merger
between us and "anybody" this provision seems as
though it is directly targeting us and our bargaining
It is a very sad day indeed when we have no choice but
to mobilize to kill a bill we have been fighting for
Call your Senators
- use the Capitol Switchboard
Hello, my name is _____ and I am a constituent. I am
calling to ask the Senator not to pass the FAA
Reauthorization Bill with the unrelated labor provision
that would gut collective bargaining rights for aviation
and rail workers. This has no place in a bill for
funding of aviation safety, health and security. Get it
out of the bill or don't pass it. Thank you.
list of Senators can be found by going to
After calling your Senators (call today and Monday)
sign the petition.
We are directly petitioning President Obama to veto any
FAA reauthorization bill that includes provisions that
endanger workers' contracts and right to organize. You
can go to
and sign the petition.
AFA International President Veda Shook and CWA President
Larry Cohen review the critical need for action against
the attack on our rights in the FAA reauthorization
West - MEC Legislative Chair