9/15/2010

Desperate to shore up its dwindling political support, the upcoming unionization vote at Delta Air Lines "is a battle the Obama administration can't afford to be neutral in," writes columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. Administration appointees on the National Mediation Board "threw out 75 years of history" to change the voting rules in an effort to win a pro-union outcome, Jenkins writes. The stakes are high, as the head of the Northwest Airlines flight attendants union noted last week: If the union vote fails at Delta, "the largest carrier in the world will not have a union. The largest carrier sets the benchmark."

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