by Max Brantley
Check it on Daily Kos. House Republicans threaten to shut down the Federal Aviation Administration this week with a legislative rider to require unfair union elections. It's a sure bet Arkansas's Three Mousketeers are in the thick of this.
The question is, which votes should be counted in a union representation election? The House wants to revert to an old rule in which all workers eligible to vote are counted as having done so. If they didn't actually cast a vote, they are recorded as a "no" vote. That means that joining a union does not just require getting a majority of the votes cast, but a majority of all workers. It's as if defeating George W. Bush would have required a majority of all voting-age Americans, regardless of voter turnout; as Joan McCarter has written, this provision codifies vote fraud.