Compromise boosts prospects for FAA bill passage

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House aide says lawmakers have reached a compromise that tightens the rules for forming airline unions and boosts prospects for passage of a long-term funding plan for the Federal Aviation Administration.

A spokesman for the House transportation committee, Justin Harclerode, said Friday the compromise between House and Senate leaders would require that 50 percent of workers indicate their support for an election to be held, among other changes. The previous threshold was 35 percent.

The compromise would let stand a 2010 National Mediation Board ruling allowing airline workers to form a union by a simple majority of those voting. Previously, workers who didn't vote were treated as "no" votes.

An FAA bill passed by the GOP-controlled House would have completely overturned the board's ruling. Senate Democrats opposed the provision.