There isn’t that much good news these days, so when it happens, you have to give John Boehner credit for not totally screwing up everything he touches. Last week, despite the overwhelming pressure from the Obama Administration to make any and every bill that goes through Congress as union-friendly as possible, Boehner struck a deal with Senate Leader Harry Reid to toughen the rules in place for airline workers and railroad workers that might want to form a union under pressure from national thug bosses.
In other words, the Republicans actually managed to make it harder for airline workers and railroad workers, whose contracts were killing their respective industries, to form unions, making it easier for major American industries to stay in business.
Lawmakers reached a compromise Friday that toughens the rules airline and railroad workers must follow to hold union elections, boosting prospects for passage of a long-term funding plan for the Federal Aviation Administration, congressional aides said.The compromise — negotiated primarily between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio — was the most contentious of a handful of unresolved issues holding up passage of an FAA bill. The issue was partly responsible for a standoff between Senate Democrats and House Republicans last summer that led to a two-week partial shutdown of the FAA, including the furlough of nearly 4,000 workers.