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Rule change aids unions [USA]

Unions that represent transportation workers long complained that federal organizing rules made it harder for them to win representation elections in the workplace. That roadblock disappeared last spring when the government reversed a 75-year-old rule that required a union organizing airline and railway workers to obtain "yes" votes from a majority of those eligible to vote, including those who are out on furlough who haven't been at the job site for years...The Air Transport Association, acting on behalf of 10 airlines that belong to the trade group, filed suit to block the rule change less than a week after it was made...The railroad industry also opposed amending the election rules, but Joanna Moorhead, general counsel for the National Railway Labor Conference..., said the change is so new it's hard to predict its effect. [refers to Continental Airlines (now part of United Continental)]