A measure backed by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, to tighten union votes at air carriers such as Delta, failed 43-56 vote on Thursday.
Three Democrats joined with all GOP senators, his office reports.
According to Bloomberg, the vote was preceded by a statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget, saying it would recommend that President Barack Obama veto the measure if it passed:
“Outcomes should be determined by a majority of the valid ballots cast,” the administration statement said.
From a press release issued by Isakson:
“The recognition of a union under the Railway Labor Act is essentially permanent and irrevocable, and now a minority can organize the entire bargaining unit,” Isakson said. “This administration simply refuses to obey the will of the majority and has chosen to overturn 75 years of precedent to grant favors to labor unions. In fact, in large measure, it seems to me this rule is a ‘card check light.’”
The Isakson measure was intended to reverse a National Mediation Board ruling to allow union elections to be decided by a majority of votes cast, rather than a majority of the membership. Such rulings can be reversed – if approved by Congress and signed by the president.
“There is no sound legal or policy basis for hastily changing a rule that has been in place and upheld repeatedly for over 75 years. The Obama administration’s two Democrat nominees to the National Mediation Board, in repealing a 75-year old rule without Congressional approval or adequate reasoning, have recklessly tossed aside fairness and impartiality to benefit their former bosses in the labor movement.”