Chip Cravaack targeted by Communications Workers of America over FAA
Rep. Chip Cravaack is facing yet another ad campaign from progressive groups. The Communications Workers of America is robo-calling in Cravaack’s district, as well as distributing a mailer pressuring the first-term congressman to vote against a proposal by Republican leadership that would scale back organizing rights in a Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill.
Under the bill proposed by Republicans, aviation workers who abstain from voting to be a part of a union would be counted as a “no” vote. Senate Democrats and President Obama point to that provision as the crucial sticking point for protecting workers in these negotiations. The disagreement has prevented FAA authorization from going through. The FAA was shut down briefly in July over the standoff. In the temporary authorization passed just before Congress’ August recess, Republicans included a defunding of rural airports, particularly in Sen. Harry Reid’s Nevada.
The ad campaign asks Cravaack to vote for the FAA authorization bill which would need to be passed by Sept. 16 or the FAA would shut down.
Here’s the mailer:
Cravaack, who was an airline pilot and member of a union, is currently receiving disability payments secured through the pilots’ union. Cravaack blamed the shutdown of the FAA on Sen. Reid.
“The uncertainty Minnesota working families and aviation employees experienced was completely avoidable,” Cravaack said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Reid was more concerned about the airport located within his district than he was about an entire FAA shutdown impacting tens of thousands of FAA jobs and working families across the United States.
“It’s unfortunate that some are now pointing fingers, as this dilutes our number one priority of creating sustainable jobs for Minnesotans,” Cravaack continued. “I urge Senator Reid and Chairman Rockefeller to complete a long-term FAA bill that can be signed into law to help this troubled economy, instead of a temporary extension.”