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Labor unions will have an easier time organizing workers at U.S. airline and railroad companies after the Obama administration on Monday changed a 76-year-old rule on union elections.
The change is a major victory for unions that have struggled to reverse years of decline in membership. And it's the most significant so far in a string of White House moves designed to boost organized labor.
The new rule, announced by the three-member National Mediation Board, would recognize a union if a simple majority of workers who cast ballots approve organizing. The previous rule required a majority of the entire work force to favor unionizing. That meant workers choosing not to vote at all were effectively treated as "no" votes.
The most immediate impact of the change would be at Delta Air Lines, where unions are trying to organize about 20,000 flight attendants. Unions are also expected to target workers at smaller carriers, including Allegiant Air, JetBlue Airways, Republic Airways and SkyWest.
Originally posted by pirhanna
So I guess you would like to outlaw people congregating and organizing? Or is it that you think the American worker deserves to be paid less and have fewer benefits?
Organized labor has been a predominantly positive force in the history of America. Without it, e.g., women might still not have the right to vote. Children as young as 8 years old might still work in factories for a few dollars a week, and no protection would be given to workers to have safe work environments.
Study some history.