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Airline Union-Buster Auditioning for President?

By Ed Wytkind

Quick quiz: Who was Nevada federal judge Roger Foley talking about when he ruled on “blatant, grievous, willful, deliberate and repeated violations of the Railway Labor Act?” Gov. Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, of course. This should come as no surprise to anyone following the GOP presidential nominee’s bid for the White House.  Fighting unions and […]

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The Blueprint to Building a Lasting Economy

By Ed Wytkind

Tonight Americans will hear about moving forward with an economy that is “built to last” at the Democratic National Convention.  No doubt anyone watching will hear plenty about how the President has focused his energy on expanding the middle class – from saving the auto industry to ensuring America has the world’s finest transportation system […]

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Why Does Paul Ryan Want to Auction Off Our Airlines to Foreign Interests?

By Ed Wytkind

Airline employees, remember this close call just six years ago? The date was May 18, 2006.  The House of Representatives was having a debate about a bizarre Bush Administration proposal to let U.S. airlines be controlled by China and other foreign interests. The Department of Transportation under Bush proposed a change in federal aviation policy […]

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Someone Please Enroll Mr. Romney in Economics 101

By Ed Wytkind

I’ve been listening to some absurd attacks this week by Mitt Romney and his surrogates against President Obama – the latest a claim that Obama is saying Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motors or Papa John didn’t build Papa John’s, the government did. Here is what the President actually said:  “If you were successful, somebody […]

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Democracy, Worker Rights Take a Punch in the Gut

By Ed Wytkind

In case you missed it, a federal judge in Texas just punched Democracy in the gut. Inexplicably, a Texas judge has enjoined a union election among 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines.  His rationale?  Well, let me try to explain.  The workers filed for a union election last fall under rules that required 35 […]

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Aviation's Unsung Heroes

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Since the Wright brothers completed their first powered flight in 1903, aviation has captured the public’s imagination. While the entire public and private sector aviation workforce works in unison to operate and maintain the world’s safest air transportation system, the unsung heroes of the sky are often the air traffic controllers who safely guide millions […]

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NMB Does the Right Thing by Ordering Union Election at American

By Ed Wytkind

We heard good news last night from the National Mediation Board (NMB) via the Communications Workers of America (CWA):  the NMB will move forward with a union election at American Airlines affecting almost 10,000 passenger service agents. As I wrote in May, American has stonewalled a union election long enough through its illegal refusal to […]

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I’m Not Buying What Branson’s Selling

By Ed Wytkind

For the past seven years British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson has worked to convince U.S. authorities that he does not own or control Virgin America.  You see, under our law he’s not allowed to. Yet for someone who doesn’t own or control this airline, he is sure busy talking […]

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Why Do I Feel So Tired?

By Ed Wytkind

For sleep-deprived bloggers like me, I can just pound down an extra cup of French Roast to get going in the morning. But for those who keep our skies safe, including pilots—passenger and cargo—and flight attendants, they need much more. They need fair and science-based federal rules that give them a chance to be well-rested, […]

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Help TWU Keep American Jobs in America

By Ed Wytkind

When someone thinks of ”bankruptcy” a vision of individuals unable to pay every day bills because of job loss or crushing school and medical costs often comes to mind.  But there is another side to this process that is simply shameful:  multi-billion dollar corporations using bankruptcy to walk away from promises made to their workers. […]

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