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Time to Coddle the Middle Class for a Change

By Ed Wytkind

As the fiscal cliff looms, it is becoming nauseating to listen to extremist political operatives and special interest lobbyists argue we should hurt working people, the sick and elderly to ensure the super-rich don’t pay their fair share of the tax burden. Someone should tell the special interests who coddle millionaires at everyone else’s expense […]

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Let’s Put Politics Aside and Confirm Our Next FAA Administrator

By Ed Wytkind

Partisan politics and gridlock are something we are all too familiar with in Washington, especially at the end of a presidential election year.  But when it comes to the stability of our aviation system and the enormous impact it has on our economy, there is no time for political brinksmanship.  This is why I have […]

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Austerity Measures Would Drive Us Over the Fiscal Cliff

By Ed Wytkind

“Too many in Washington are fixated on cutting public spending to balance the budget, not on how to put people back to work and get our economy moving.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  These are the words of 350 leading economists who offer our political leaders a solution to our anemic economy at […]

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Time to Let American Passenger Service Agents Vote

By Ed Wytkind

Nearly 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines got some good news on Thursday – the union election they have been fighting for has formally been scheduled by the National Mediation Board (NMB) to begin on Dec. 4.  However, there is one thing we already know about American Airlines — it will use every frivolous […]

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Rep. Paul Ryan, Soup Kitchens and Transportation

By Ed Wytkind Earlier this week, the VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan stopped at an Ohio soup kitchen for a campaign photo op to show his concern for those less fortunate than himself.  Only one problem with this display of caring as he rolled up his sleeves and did the dishes — the director of […]

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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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