Shuster's Not Running Again This Fall

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Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation Committee and primary author of the legislation to incorporate ATC as a private nonprofit, announced today that he's not running for reelection. Frank LoBiondo, the Aviation Subcommittee chair of the House Transportation Committee, announced several months ago that he wasn't, either.

The biggest advocates of privatization will be gone next year, if that makes you happy. On the other hand, we have 17 days of funding left until the next round of arranging new drip-drip-drip funding for everything the government does. Progress?
 

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After this coming authorization expires, I would bet that the next time Republicans hold the House, you'll see a push for it again.
 

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So we’ll have a few years to build a wall against it. Maybe this time NATCA could try standing with PASS, all the other unions that opposed it (every union and employee association opposed it except NATCA), all the trade groups, and numerous politicians on both sides of the aisle, and help present a unified front.

The mealy mouthed “it’s coming so we might as well lay down and be a part of it” in exchange for a seat on the board plan failed.
 

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help present a unified front
Shuster was frank about whose opposition really killed this bill. And he didn't give a shit that PASS or FAAMA were against it.

The mealy mouthed “it’s coming so we might as well lay down and be a part of it” in exchange for a seat on the board plan failed.
Did it? We ensured all our conditions were met if it had passed. We are no worse off than before for the bill not having passed. I would describe that as good planning by our NEB.

Shuster is done, but his staffers will hire into different offices or maybe end up with nonprofit advocacy groups. The idea remains, and the people who actually wrote the language are still around. If we are not already in some government corporation or otherwise in a situation with our funding insulated from authorization struggles in Congress, we will be here again.
 

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Shuster was frank about whose opposition really killed this bill. And he didn't give a shit that PASS or FAAMA were against it.



Did it? We ensured all our conditions were met if it had passed. We are no worse off than before for the bill not having passed. I would describe that as good planning by our NEB.

Shuster is done, but his staffers will hire into different offices or maybe end up with nonprofit advocacy groups. The idea remains, and the people who actually wrote the language are still around. If we are not already in some government corporation or otherwise in a situation with our funding insulated from authorization struggles in Congress, we will be here again.
He didn't care specifically about PASS or FAAMA, but the combined opposition by PASS, FAAMA, AFL-CIO, AFGE, AFSCME, AFT, SEIU, USW etc...provided a lot of momentum and ground support for congressmen on both sides of the aisle who actively worked to oppose this and keep it from even making to the floor for a vote. Several of the key opponents to this bill, in the House, were otherwise conservative Republican Reps.

You keep trying to use the scare tactic of "it's bound to happen", but the fact is there is/was a wide front of opposition to this effort and Shuster couldn't get it done with millions in his pocket from Airlines for America, a privatization friendly President, a Republican controlled House and Senate, and NATCA.

If we "will be here again" maybe NATCA will choose the right side next time. You lost this time and took a big credibility hit along with it. Your membership was never really on board, you are facing a shakeup in the elections, and the FAA will likely get a clean 5 year reauthorization.
 

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He didn't care specifically about PASS or FAAMA, but the combined opposition by PASS, FAAMA, AFL-CIO, AFGE, AFSCME, AFT, SEIU, USW etc...provided a lot of momentum and ground support for congressmen on both sides of the aisle who actively worked to oppose this and keep it from even making to the floor for a vote. Several of the key opponents to this bill, in the House, were otherwise conservative Republican Reps.
It was voted out of committee in the House on a party line vote, 32-25. The only Republican not to vote in favor of it was Todd Rokita, and he did so because we were not privatized to his satisfaction. And Shuster himself credits general aviation with killing it, not your "combined opposition" whom none of these Republicans really care about.

You keep trying to use the scare tactic of "it's bound to happen", but the fact is there is/was a wide front of opposition to this effort and Shuster couldn't get it done with millions in his pocket from Airlines for America, a privatization friendly President, a Republican controlled House and Senate, and NATCA.
The system generates too much revenue from too powerful a group of stakeholders for this never to come up again in discussion. I don't know if enough will change between now and then for a privatization bill to pass Congress, and neither do you. I only know that I would rather have negotiated a safe harbor for current FAA employees in the new entity before the bill might pass, instead of scrambling to try to achieve it later because we bet everything on our delusion that Congress cares what we think about privatization.

If we "will be here again" maybe NATCA will choose the right side next time. You lost this time and took a big credibility hit along with it. Your membership was never really on board, you are facing a shakeup in the elections, and the FAA will likely get a clean 5 year reauthorization.
My pay is the same. My retirement is the same. My contract is the same. NATCA is as unaffected by the bill's defeat as it would have been by its passage, and that's the point.

As for the "clean five-year reauthorization," we will see. Our last extension ran from October 1 to March 31, and our current one runs until September 30. Maybe Congress will feel okay about giving us yet another six-month extension, subject to interruption by the next debt ceiling increase that fails to pass.