Rail and Airline Unions Push Congress to Maintain Voting Edge

Railroad trainIn any industry, one thing is certain about unions: They want members – the more, the better. Railroad and airline unions are no exceptions. Right now they are gearing up for a campaign to persuade Congress to rescind a provision in the House version of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R.658), which passed last Friday. Title IX of the measure reverses last year's regulatory change by the three-member National Mediation Board – the entity that interprets the Railway Labor Act – that allows a union to win recognition without necessarily obtaining majority support. The two-to-one ruling overturned decades of precedent. Most Republicans opposed the ruling as bureaucratic overreach. The Senate version (S.223) does not contain the rule reversal. Labor chieftains and their Democratic allies want conferees to strike Title IX from the final bill. 

The Federal Aviation Administration for the last several years has been operating on automatic pilot. …

Economist’s Advice to Obama Carries a Union Label

Krugman photoPaul Krugman has become to print media what Keith Olbermann is to television:  a Left-leaning prince of darkness.  A professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton this decade, Krugman, now 56, has cultivated a recognizably caustic style of scoring points against free-market economics in theory and practice, especially in his New York Times op-ed and blog columns.  The problem is that as he’s become a public figure, he’s shed, or at least has kept well-hidden, his empirical sense.      


There’s no denying the fact of Krugman’s smashing resume, the capstone of which is his Nobel Prize in economics last year for research on the effects of economies of scale on global trade and the location of industry.  Let’s hope the Nobel committee doesn’t hand out any awards for his advice on labor policy.  Case in point:  his lengthy open