Driving the Day: Presidential Leadership by Veto Threat

In America, unelected bureaucrats are apparently empowered to overturn a 75-year precedent in labor law.  The National Mediation Board’s (NMB) Minority Rule decision had the effect of allowing a minority of airline or railway workers to form a union, thus forcing a majority of the workforce into a union.

This is bad policy.  Fortunately, the House is seeking to overturn the decision.  Title IX of the Federal Aviation Administration (HR 658) reauthorization bill would do just that.

Of course, President Obama is not pleased.  Last night, he threatened to veto “a bill that would not safeguard the ability of railroad and airline workers to decide whether or not they would be represented by a union.”  As many have pointed out, the previous policy was good enough for Presidents such as Roosevelt, Truman, Carter and Clinton.

Interestingly, some House Republicans are working with House Democrats to strip Title IX from the FAA bill, though.  Heritage Action opposes the amendment and will include it as a key vote in our scorecard.

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