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CWA Targets Rep. Harris and Other Members in House Battleground Districts over Their Role in FAA Shutdown


CWA Targets Rep. Harris and Other Members in House Battleground Districts over Their Role in FAA Shutdown

25 House Districts Targeted in New Component of “Countdown to Shutdown” Campaign

Washington – Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced a new campaign to target two dozen House Republicans, including Rep. Andrew Harris (R-MD-01), for their willingness to shut down the Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) over a union-busting provision inserted into the House version of the multi-year FAA Reauthorization bill. CWA calls on Rep. Harris and other targeted House members to deliver the benefits of a FAA bill without the contentious and unrelated union elections provision.

With less than 30 days until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) faces another potential shutdown due to the union-busting ideology of Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee John Mica (R-FL) and many of his Republican House colleagues like Rep. Harris, CWA’s “Countdown to Shutdown” campaign is spending over half a million dollars on efforts to educate voters about the causes and consequences of the FAA shutdown. Included in this effort is the new direct mail effort, which will target over 600,000 voters in key battleground House districts.

The direct mailing highlights that “Americans are losing jobs because Congress is playing politics. Call Congress now and tell them to stop grounding our economy. Pass the FAA Reauthorization Bill.”

The mailing explains that “the FAA got shut down because Chairman John Mica and some Republicans would rather play politics with real people’s lives and the FAA Reauthorization bill. At the request of their big corporate airline donors, like Delta, Republicans snuck unrelated union provisions into this critical legislation. Then Congress took off on vacation and shut down the FAA. The result of their political games…”

100,000 hard working employees out of work
$400 million in taxpayer money pocketed by airline executives
$11 billion in stalled construction projects
“Another shutdown could happen Sept. 16 because of their political games. Tell them no more FAA shutdowns and to pass a clean FAA Reauthorization bill free of special interest provisions.”

The announcement of the targeted mailings follows after the announcement of a new MicaWatch website, highlighting the union-busting ideology of Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee John Mica (R-FL). In conjunction with Delta Air Lines, Rep. Mica was the lead driver behind the recent FAA shutdown that put nearly 100,000 people out of work and cost the U.S. government $400 million. Instead of forging a bi-partisan solution that would deliver hundreds of thousands of jobs and aviation infrastructure upgrades through the long-term FAA bill, Rep. Mica and Rep. Harris continue to insist that the legislation include an unrelated union-busting provision requested by Delta. This provision would change the rules for union elections overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB) and seeks to count ballots not actually cast – in violation of democratic principles and the rules of every other type of American election.

In addition to Rep. Mica, some of his Republican colleagues in the House, including Rep. Harris, have been all too willing to go along with Rep. Mica’s ideological intransigence and insistence that the unrelated union provision be included in the FAA Reauthorization bill. In addition to Rep. Harris, Republican targets of the mailing include: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-01), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ-05), Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA-03), Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA-45), Rep. Thomas Latham (R-IA-04), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14), Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL-17), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN-03), Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN-08), Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH-01), Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH-02), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ-07), Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV-03), Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY-24), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-29), Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA-06), Rep, Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA-11), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA-15), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27), Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA-03), and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI-07). All Democratic and independent households in Rep. Mica’s district (FL-07) also will receive a mailing highlighting their Member’s lead role in blocking hundreds of thousands of new jobs and aviation infrastructure upgrades that would be generated by the FAA Reauthorization bill.

The targeted mailings are part of the larger CWA “Countdown to Shutdown” campaign, which, among other components, features a petition highlighting Delta’s role in pushing the union-busting provision; flyering and events at airports throughout the nation; the MicaWatch website; and other targeted district events such as phone calls and picketing.

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