November 17, 2003

Privatize air-traffic control?

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, the nation rushed to federalize the nation's baggage screeners.

Now, we're having to beat back the Bush administration in their rush to privatize the air traffic controllers.

The FAA wants to contract out more air-traffic control jobs in the name of "efficiency." Translated from Bush-speak, this means "eliminate labor protections."

But there was optimism among several lawmakers that negotiations with the Bush administration would yield a temporary moratorium on privatizing more air traffic centers and break the legislative deadlock as early as Tuesday.

Senate Democrats are outraged that a Republican-led House-Senate negotiating committee stripped language from the final version of the bill passed by both houses this summer that would have prohibited the Federal Aviation Administration from contracting out more air traffic jobs.

President Bush threatened to veto the bill if labor protection provisions were not removed from the final bill.

Apparently, Bush's "war on terrorism," which justifies the infringement of civil liberties and the unprecedented preemptive invasions of oil-rich nations, doesn't justify abandoning the far-right ideological commitment to eliminate worker protections everywhere.

Posted by Carey at November 17, 2003 08:27 PM