New York, NY – With Trump controlling the three-member panel overseeing the National Mediation Board – unions in the airline and railroad industries are now under attack.
The National Mediation Board (NMB), was established in 1934 to resolve labor-management disputes in the airline and railroad industries. The board is currently targeting unions through is role with the Railway and Airline industries. NMB’s anti-union strategy is consistent with the Trump goals of eliminating unions.
Eleven days after Sara Nelson the president of the Association of Flight Attendants – CWA publicly called for a general strike on January 20 to end President Trump’s government shutdow, Trump appointees on the National Mediation Board proposed a potential major blow for the airline and railroad industries. The bad guys introduced a new rule that would make it easier for the union in these industries to be decertified.
Trump’s friends, the heads of the airline and rail sectors, had wanted to break the union stronghold in these industries for years. The majority of airline and rail operations are unionized and influential. Union strength has led to important victories for employees with wages and benefits regularly increasing. This does not sit well with corporate leadership and their boards.
Since Trump has been in the White House several private anti-worker groups have joined in the attack on unions including Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. These operations are funded by wealthy corporations and business leaders wanting to oppress workers and turn back the clock on salaries and employment regulations.
With Trump and his allies moving nationally to eliminate unions – we are now in a fight for the survival of the middle class.