Rep. Gingrey "optimistic" that House will overturn Obama admin. rule aiding unions 

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., speaking on a Wednesday media conference call, said he was "optimistic" that the House would vote to overturn a rule the Obama administration passed last year that makes it easier for airline and railroad workers to unionize.

Back in May of last year, the National Mediation Board issued a new rule (PDF) that allowed a simple majority of votes cast to determine unionization in those industries, reversing a rule that stood for 75 years that had required the support of a majority of all workers.

The FAA Reauthorization bill, up for a vote in the House of Representatives perhaps this week, includes a provision that would overturn the rule. The provision is encountering resistance, not only among Democrats, but among a handful of Republicans in union heavy districts. The GOP dissenters are led by Rep. Steve LaTourette, Oh., who counts unions among his top contributors and has sponsored an amendment that would kill the provision.

While Gingrey said he was confident the measure would be in the final version of the bill passed by the House, he noted that "it's a long process." Before becoming law, it would still have to pass through the Democratic Senate and be signed by President Obama.

For more on what's at stake, Labor Union Report has a detailed post. It notes that on Monday, the International Association of Machinists won an election to represent 2,900 AirTran employees even though nearly two-thirds of those workers did not actually vote to unionize.

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