WFI: Obama Regulatory Agency Continues Job-Killing Campaign Against American Employer

Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2011) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today issued the below statement in response to the National Mediation Board (NMB) working in concert with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) to launch frivolous investigations against an American airline due to the fact its employees sided against forced unionization:
“Another day and another example of a regulatory agency stocked with Big Labor’s cronies choosing to put forward job-killing initiatives that benefit union bosses and hurt workers.  The National Mediation Board’s widening of its already frivolous investigation into Delta Air Lines is nothing more than a political witch hunt,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesman for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “With unemployment rising and Americans growing increasing desperate about the economic situation in our nation, it is simply staggering that the President of the United States is more concerned with rewarding political contributors than creating jobs.”
National Mediation Board Expands Assault Against Delta Air Lines:
“The National Mediation Board is widening its investigation into allegations that Delta Air Lines Inc. interfered in a union organizing drive at the carrier last year.  The federal agency on Monday notified Atlanta-based Delta, the world’s second-largest airline by traffic, and the International Association of Machinists that it will conduct on-site probes into whether the airline unfairly pressured about 30,000 ramp workers and gate and reservation agents to vote against unionization.  The NMB said last week it would investigate similar allegations by the Association of Flight Attendants that Delta interfered in elections involving roughly 20,000 of its members.  Delta is the only airline among the five largest U.S. carriers to remain largely nonunion.  The investigations are expected to shine a spotlight on labor relations at Delta, which has denied interfering with the votes and workers' rejection of union representation.  They also could heighten political scrutiny of the NMB amid Republican lawmakers’ allegations that the federal agency has a pro-union bias.  The IAM and AFA unions lost elections late last year aimed at representing about 50,000 Delta employees.  It was the largest such referendum at a U.S. company since more than 70,000 workers organized at a Ford Motor Co. plant in 1941.” (Mike Esterl, “Labor Board Broadens Delta Probe,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/6/11)
Americans Rate Economy In Negative Terms:

“The [Washington Post-ABC News] survey portrays a broadly pessimistic mood in the country this spring as higher gasoline prices, sliding home values and a disappointing employment picture have raised fresh concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.  By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms.  Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak.” (Dan Balz & Jon Cohen, “Obama Loses Bin Laden Bounce,” The Washington Post, 6/7/11)