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