After losing seven out of seven union elections within the past three months, Big Labor is asking the National Mediation Board (NMB) to once again facilitate unionization. Unions are hoping that a sympathetic board will invalidate fair elections, penalize Delta, and then call for another vote.
A coalition headed by the Alliance for Worker Freedom, including Americans for Tax Reform, The Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans for Prosperity, and sixteen other groups has written to Representatives John Mica and Darrel Issa, petitioning for an investigation: “The unions seek no less than to impose unionization on workers by administrative fiat and ordering elections until the unions win. We hope you will take a very serious investigative look into this matter and stop this blatant and undemocratic union payback. While this instance involves Delta – the ramifications of these actions extend far beyond Delta.”
Delta workers have good reason to be concerned as the union dominated NMB overturned eighty years of precedent to ease union election rules. The shockingly aggressive NMB is comprised of three members, two of which are former union lawyers. Given the structural makeup of the Board, the former union lawyers are free to enact whatever policies the see fit.
Christopher Prandoni, Executive Director of the Alliance for Worker Freedom, had this to say: “Unable to persuade Delta workers on the merits of their argument, unions have run to the National Mediation Board asking for help. The NMB is considering moving the goalposts again hoping unions come out on top. This attempt to silence workers’ voices by unions and the NMB is an affront to the democratic process.”