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Eternity in O'Hare, or Romney’s ‘Permanently Delayed’ Aviation Plan

Many of us have fumed at the gate or sweated while stuck on the tarmac as our flights have been delayed. Things would get even worse in the aviation world, especially for workers, under a Romney administration, as the new website Permanently Delayed illustrates.

The site, from the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), shows the stark contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney on issues that matter to aviation workers.

TTD President Edward Wytkind says that while Obama would properly fund the national airspace system and defend collective bargaining rights, “his opponent has promised to do the opposite.

No matter what your politics are, we cannot afford to elect a president who would kill half a million transportation jobs in his first year in office and whose budget would cut air traffic control and airport improvements to the bone. If you like delayed flights and an outdated aviation system—you’ll love the Romney-Ryan plan.

Wytkind points out that Romney does have some experience in the aviation industry—union-busting.

That is what Romney did with Key Airlines before he and his partners at Bain Capital quickly sold it for an $18 million profit. A federal judge later noted that the sale came while management tried to “stamp out any cockpit crew members’ union before it could come into being.”

Check out Permanently Delayed for the full story on ways that airline and FAA workers would lose under a Romney-Ryan regime.

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