Stein: OBAMA BETRAYS WORKING AMERICA, Signs FAA Reauth. Bill
Obama has signed the FAA Reauthorization Bill. The UAW, Steelworkers, Transportation Communications Union (IAM) and Teamsters along with at least 15 other major trade unions objected to the bill.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein declares she would have vetoed the bill. She describes Obama’s approval of the anti-union changes to the Railway Labor Act as a “betrayal of working America."
What has this legislation set in motion? It erases long time protections of THOUSANDS of railroad and airline workers. The Democrats claim they “compromised” on the bill. Isn’t that rich once again? Taking care of the one percenters for the nth time. For one thing, the percentage of workers who must sign cards authorizing a union representation election is raised from 35% to 50%. It also helps employers delay union elections and collective bargaining, removes PRIVACY protections for union authorization cards so companies can identify and INTIMIDATE workers who might vote to unionize.
Stein sees this as a 180-degree flip-flop of Obama’s promise last March to veto any FAA Reauthorization Bill that contained anti-union provisions. Stein:
Why should anyone give their trust and vote to a President who breaks his word to the men and women who work every day—sometimes at the risk of their lives—to keep our nation’s transportation systems operating
The free trade agreements being promoted by the Obama Administration are already putting ever-increasing pressure on working America to make concessions regarding wages and benefits. For three decades, employers have pocketed the profits from increasing worker productivity, shortchanged workers on health benefits and pensions and are now bringing in two-tier wage systems in which younger workers are being paid a fraction of the wages paid to older employees. I’m running because working Americans deserve a President who will say ‘no!’ to legislative attacks on the right to organize.
Anthony Prince, a Chicago labor lawyer and Teamsters member is backing Dr. Stein:
President Obama won labor support in 2008 by saying he would advance the Employee Free Choice Act and other measures to help labor organizing. He dropped that ball. And he didn’t lift a finger to oppose the Right-To-Work law just passed in Indiana. Now this bill gets shoved down the throats of transportation workers. In my view, that’s why union members and all labor need to support someone we can trust, someone proven who’s not tied to the same corporations we go up against every day: Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, a real champion of working people.