CD-9′s Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers: Game On!

Tempe, AZ – Last week, Lt. Col. (ret) Wendy Rogers’ campaign for Arizona’s new 9th Congressional District filed 993 signatures to secure her spot on the ballot, becoming the first Republican candidate to do so.

“We’ve taken the first steps to putting this country back on the right track,” said Lt. Col. Rogers. “First, I want to send my heartfelt thanks to all my volunteers, my family and friends for their hard work in collecting and vetting all these signatures. It’s not easy work, but we all pulled together and made it look easy.”

But now comes the real test. A crowded field of ten candidates – seven Republicans and three Democrats – qualified for the ballot in CD9. “Now that we’re on the ballot, it’s ‘Game On’”, said Rogers. “Our nation is hanging on the edge of a cliff. Our national debt is threatening to plunge us down the same dark road that Europe is taking, our schools are failing, and even the promises we’ve made to our senior citizens are in jeopardy. It’s time to put aside the phony hope and change and start restoring the promise of our great nation.”

For more information about Wendy Rogers, visit her website at

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(Un)Welcome to Sedona!

By Christina Sandefur

Just six years ago, Arizonans enacted one of the nation’s strongest protections for property rights. That measure is Proposition 207, and it says the government must compensate you when regulations reduce your property value.

But that protection is under attack. Now that the state and cities can’t pass the buck to individuals and families, governments are realizing just how expensive their regulations can be. So it is unsurprising that they’re doing their best to avoid paying the high price.

The latest attempt comes from Sedona, which made it a crime to rent residential property for fewer than 30 days, and the city defines “rent” very broadly. This means property owners are subject to punishments of up to 6 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine for engaging in a wide range of activities, including purchasing a time share, contracting for home improvements, and even hiring a babysitter!

Attempting to avoid Prop 207 liability, the city of Sedona tried to masquerade the ordinance as a “health and safety” regulation, which is exempted from Prop 207. But the court of appeals saw through the façade and ruled that the city can’t avoid Prop 207 by merely claiming to advance public health without offering any evidence that the regulation actually does so.

On the taxpayers’ dime, Sedona is challenging that decision in the Arizona Supreme Court. The Goldwater Institute, which has long defended property owners from government attempts to dilute or evade Prop. 207, is supporting Sedona property owners in that case. In 2006, Arizonans demanded genuine protections for their property. Cities should stop wasting taxpayer resources trying to skirt the rules and start respecting their citizens’ rights.

Christina Sandefur is an attorney with the Goldwater Institute.

Learn more:

Goldwater Institute: Giving Property Owners Their Day in Court

Arizona Business Gazette: Court: Owners must be paid for property value

Walt Opaska Files Signatures for Glendale Mayoral Race

GLENDALE, Ariz. –Walt Opaska, candidate for Glendale mayor, filed more than the 934 signatures required to get his name on the ballot. Opaska filed 1266 qualified signatures of Glendale voters. Opaska’s impressive filing shows that residents are ready for a mayor who puts Glendale first.

“Glendale residents are ready for a change,” Opaska said. “As mayor, I will work for them, not special interests. I will fight to lower taxes, restore city services, and enhance Glendale’s image.”

More about Walt Opaska

Walt Opaska is the son of a teacher and a small businessman. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, Opaska works for Bryan Cave LLP where he specializes in intellectual property rights.

Opaska is a long-time leader in the Arizona conservative movement. He serves on the executive board of Arizona Right to Life, and he cofounded the Arizona Republican Attorney Association with Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates. He has been active in the fight to lower taxes and end corporate welfare. In 2007, Opaska chaired the No New Sales Tax for Glendale campaign, a grassroots effort opposing Glendale’s ballot initiative to raise the city’s sales tax. In addition to professional and political involvement, he has been actively involved in numerous charitable groups, including the 20-30 Club and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Opaska is married and has a four-year old daughter. To learn more about Walt Opaska and his campaign to be the next mayor of Glendale, please visit


NFIB Endorses Jesse Kelly in Arizona CD8 Special Election

Influential Small-Business Association Supports Candidate with Trusted Small-Business Experience

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 31, 2012 —The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business association, today endorsed Jesse Kelly (R) to represent Arizona’s 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.  Kelly is seeking to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“Jesse Kelly is the clear voice for small business in this race,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President, Political and Grassroots.  “In stating that his run for Congress is motivated by three principles: lowering taxes, strengthening the economy, and fostering a climate that allows businesses to grow, Jesse is walking in line with the very motto that NFIB is founded upon.  Jesse Kelly will fight for affordable health-care solutions for small-business owners, and will work to get our country back on the path toward fiscal responsibility and economic prosperity.”

“Our members in Congressional District 8 spoke loud and clear when asked which candidate NFIB should support in this race,” said Farrell Quinlan, NFIB State Director for Arizona.  “Jesse Kelly received an overwhelming vote of support from NFIB members in his district, making him the clear small-business choice for Congress.”

NFIB has nearly 2,000 members in the 8th Congressional District, alone. Kelly’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Kelly this coming Special Election Day, June 12.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at

Sheriff Arpaio Files Nomination Signatures for Sixth Term

More than 15,000 Republican and Independent Voters Sign Petition

PHOENIX, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed his nomination petition signatures to run for a sixth term as Sheriff.

The Sheriff submitted over 15,000 signatures from Republican and Independent voters throughout Maricopa County. This figure is more than four times the requisite number to qualify for the ballot.

“So many people I’ve never met went out and collected signatures for me all on their own. I know it’s a lot of hard work and I’m grateful for their support,” stated Arpaio.

Chad Willems, Arpaio’s campaign manager, said, “It now appears we have a set field for this campaign. We look forward to comparing Sheriff Arpaio’s record of success against any other candidate in this race.” He continued, “Over the past several months, the level of financial support for Sheriff Joe has reached epic levels.”

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Congressman Flake Applauds Passage of Secure Border Act

Operational Control in Each Border Sector is Key to Achieving Border Security

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today praised the passage of H.R. 1299, the Secure Border Act, introduced by Congresswoman Candice Miller of Michigan.

The bill directs the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create for congressional approval a strategy for gaining operational control of the northern and southern U.S. borders.

“Given that the Obama Administration has given up reporting the level of operational control on the border, it’s no wonder Congress has to force them to come up with an approved plan to achieve it,” said Flake.

In 2011, Congressman Flake introduced in the House H.R. 1507, the Border Security Enforcement Act of 2011, which is focused on achieving operational control of the southern U.S. border by increasing border resources. Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl introduced the legislation in the Senate. Among the 10 key provisions of the bill is the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard troops and 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the United States-Mexico border by 2016. It would create additional Border Patrol stations along the southwest border and six additional permanent Border Patrol Forward Operating Bases and would upgrade existing bases.


It’s Time to Give our First Freedom as Much Respect as the Second

By Nick Dranias

Arizonans have the right to bear arms nearly everywhere in this state without having to register anyone or anything with the government.  Likewise, as mighty as the pen might be, no one should be forced to register themselves (or their pen) before communicating with elected officials about legislative reform. Yet, Arizona has done just that through its overreaching lobbying laws.

Arizona does not define “lobbying” as lurking in the lobbies of the legislature and trading an expensive steak dinner for an opportunity to bend a legislator’s ear. Instead, Arizona law defines lobbying as “attempting to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation by directly communicating with any legislator.” Even a newspaper columnist who directly emails a link to his latest opinion editorial to a legislator is lobbying if the email dares to express an opinion on a pending or proposed bill or legislative reform.

Although vaguely worded exemptions appear to limit the reach of Arizona’s lobbying regulations, the reality is that no one can freely talk to elected officials in Arizona about legislative reform without being threatened by the government. Even if citizens and citizen groups invoke exemptions to avoid the need to register as lobbyists, as the Goldwater Institute has for its analysts, elected officials will still try to silence or impede public testimony as supposedly impermissible lobbying. This is because Arizona’s complex and lengthy lobbying laws encourage elected officials to believe citizens and citizen groups lack legal authority to speak freely on public policy. In effect, citizens are now presumed to have no inherent right to communicate with their representatives. This is an incredibly dangerous development.

In a free society, no politician should think even for a moment that he can require citizens and public interest groups to get the government’s permission to talk to the government.

Unfortunately, Arizona’s lobbying laws threaten this foundational requirement of our representative republic. For that reason, it is time to reform Arizona’s lobbying laws to more fully protect our First Amendment rights, just as we have reformed Arizona’s gun laws to more robustly protect our Second Amendment rights.

Our first freedom should get at least as much respect as our second.

A longer version of this article originally appeared in the Arizona Capitol Times.

Nick Dranias is the Director of Policy Development and Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute.

Learn More:

Goldwater Institute: In Defense of Anonymous Speech

National Archives: The Bill of Rights

Vernon Parker Files Petitions for Congress

Phoenix, AZ – Today, Vernon Parker filed over 1,143 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to qualify as a Republican candidate for the newly created Congressional District 9.

“I am grateful to my supporters and volunteers supporting our campaign efforts,” said Vernon Parker. “To all of you who walked neighborhoods or stood in front of polling place to collect signatures, I thank you.”

“Our campaign, at its core, is symbolized by our supporters. We are strong in numbers and I am energized by their generous spirit and I will not let you down.” 


Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Hands In 1,625 Nominating Signatures

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Hands In 1,625 Nominating Signatures As He Seeks A Second Term To Lead The Greatest City in America

(Scottsdale, Arizona) Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane’s re-election campaign has submitted 1,625 signatures in order to get on the August 28th Primary ballot. The signatures were handed in Tuesday afternoon to the City Clerk.

The signatures were gathered entirely by volunteers. No paid petition collectors were used. That’s because there are so many supporters who know that Scottsdale is headed in the right direction. Clearly, Scottsdale is better off than it was four years ago. Now is not the time to lose that momentum.

Lane said, “Four years ago, the city budget was in bad shape, our economy was slumping and Scottsdale was losing its way. Today sales tax revenues are up. Jobs are expanding. Crime is down. We are once again a City on the move.”

Unemployment in Scottsdale is down one percent compared to a year ago and the City enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Valley at 5.9%. The unemployment rate for Maricopa County is 7.4%.

A recent article in the Arizona Republic noted the decrease in unemployment as well as the economic strides Scottsdale has made. To read the article click here.

“Our economic engine is running again thanks to smart growth and important reforms. I hope to finish what we started and ensure that Scottsdale remains the best city in America,” said Lane.

Mayor Lane ran in 2008 on a platform of reform and working to improve the way the city does business. He promised to bring the following to Scottsdale:

  • Business approach in city governmental operations
  • Fiscally responsible and efficient government
  • Citizen-driven government through boards & commissions
  • Increased accountability & transparency through charter governance reform

These past 4 years have seen:

  • A $266 million medical school by the Mayo Clinic & ASU
  • Multi-million expansions by Scottsdale Healthcare on Osborn and Shea Boulevard’s “Care Corridor”
  • Adding 7,000 acres to the Sonoran Preserve while saving $62 million with newly initiated purchase planning over last three years
  • Dozens of small businesses opening downtown and throughout Scottsdale
  • Spring training, Barrett-Jackson, Arabian horse shows and many special events thriving in Scottsdale
  • Over $150 million in investments planned for McDowell Road
  • A decrease in crime
  • A 15% structural budget reduction in City staffing

Mayor Lane has kept his promises. Under his leadership, Scottsdale’s economy has expanded and attracted new investment, while the city continues to be a leader in the arts and setting aside lands for preservation. A copy of Mayor Lane’s 7 minute video can be viewed here. The campaign has also launched Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information please contact Mike Manson.


Steve Chucri Files Over 3,500 Petition Signatures in Race for Maricopa County Supervisor

Maricopa County – Today, the Steve Chucri campaign officially filed its nominating petitions with the Maricopa County Elections Department in order to qualify for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors District 2 election. In total, the campaign collected over 3,500 signatures.

The campaign far surpassed the required number of 981 signatures, showing the immense support that Chucri has generated across District 2.

“I’m very pleased with the momentum my campaign has been methodically building in preparation of reaching victory on Election Day,” stated Chucri.

Endorsements for Steve Chucri include U. S. Senator Jon Kyl, Congressman Jeff Flake, Congressman Ben Quayle, Congressman David Schweikert, Congressman Paul Gosar, Congressman Trent Franks, State Senate President Steve Pierce, Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, and Paradise Valley Mayor Scott LeMarr.

Chucri has served as the President & CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) since 2002. Under his leadership and tireless work ethic, the ARA and restaurant industry has enjoyed a substantial growth in sales in what will amount to a ten billion dollar industry in Arizona this year alone.

As President and CEO of the ARA, Chucri represents business owners and sees firsthand how the actions of local, state, and federal governments can positively or negatively impact restaurants and other small businesses in Arizona. Chucri’s experiences as a businessman, husband, and father have given him invaluable insight into the needs of his community and ensure that, as County Supervisor, he will always put people before politics.


Mitt Romney releases new ad: The Promise of America

It has almost been one year since Mitt Romney announced his campaign for president in Stratham, New Hampshire. As he clinches the delegates needed for the Republican nomination, we look back on this journey to restore the promise of America.

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Salmon Announces Military Veterans Coalition

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district Matt Salmon today proudly announced the support from dozens of East Valley Military Veterans representing various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Serving as Co-Chairmen of the Veterans for Salmon Coalition is Gilbert Councilmember John Sentz, a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and member of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Bryan Martyn, a retired U.S. Air Force Helicopter Pilot whose distinguished combat career includes multiple tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Africa, and Anthony “Tony” Siebers, a retired Captain in the U.S. Army who had commanding roles during significant national events like Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

Citing Salmon’s consistent record of supporting military veterans, Co-Chairman John Sentz stated, “I am proud to stand with other veterans in supporting Matt Salmon’s return to Congress. Since first being elected to public office, Matt has been a strong ally for veterans of our armed forces and has demonstrated that he will fight to ensure they receive the support they earned for their service. There is no one I trust more than Matt to always do the right thing for members of the U.S. military and all the veterans who have served their nation proudly.”

Former Congressman Salmon stated, “I am truly honored to receive the strong support from so many military veterans from around the East Valley. The men and women who have worn a military uniform deserve the very best treatment from our nation’s leaders; I vow to fight for their needs and the needs of those currently serving when I return to Congress.”

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Jonathan Paton – On the Ballot


Today, our campaign turned in 1,846 petition signatures – more than three times the required amount — qualifying me as a Republican candidate for Congressional District One in August and November.

Friends new and old gathered these signatures from every county in this district, which is the size of Pennsylvania.

I am proud of the support that our campaign has demonstrated since we got into the race, and thankful to the many concerned citizens who talked to their friends and neighbors to get us on the ballot. I couldn’t be more grateful to all of you.

People are concerned about the direction that our country is going. They are concerned about the national debt, unemployment, and too much government getting in the way.

This campaign is about getting our country back on the right track together.

But I need your help. I can’t do it without you.

To take our country back, the time to act is now. If you haven’t been able to get involved yet, let us know how you can help by going to the website and filling out the volunteer sheet.

Please feel free to email me at any time to discuss the campaign. Again, I can’t thank all of you enough!

Your friend,

Nelson Announces Bid for Senate in District 13

Supervisor Max Wilson and Former Yuma Mayor Larry Nelson Named Honorary Co-Chairs 

District 13 – Long-time public servant Senator John Nelson filed 1,171 signatures, the maximum allowed, today in his bid to continue his service in the State Senate representing District 13. The newly labeled LD13 includes much of the area Nelson has represented for more than a decade as a State lawmaker with lines expanded to include northern Yuma. Nelson currently resides within this district.

Sen. Nelson has already gained wide support from the Yuma area, including former Mayor of Yuma Larry Nelson who is serving as an Honorary Campaign Chairman for Nelson’s committee. Former Mayor Nelson says, “Senator Nelson truly understands our needs. He has done a lot for Yuma and for Western Arizona over the years. He has been leader on military issues as well as education, transportation, and public safety. Over the years, I have worked with him on military issues and know him to be a man dedicated to our military. He is the only candidate who can represent this entire district.”

LD13 is home to three military bases including Luke Air Force Base, Yuma Proving Grounds, and the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma. Senator Nelson currently serves as Vice-Chair of Veterans and Military Affairs.

Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson will also be serving as an Honorary Campaign Chairman. Wilson, who was appointed by Governor Brewer to sit on the Military Affairs Commission said, “Sen. Nelson has shown a steadfast commitment to military bases across the state. He understands the critical value that the military brings to Arizona and our country. John Nelson has been a champion for our armed forces, our veterans, and the safety of our country.”

Former Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox, the Chairman of Sen. Nelson’s campaign committee says, “Sen. Nelson has a proud history of serving the taxpayers – from his time in the U.S. Army to his time on the Phoenix City Council. He has worked tirelessly as a member of the State House and the State Senate to protect the taxpayer and do what’s right for his constituents.”

During the most recent legislative session, Sen. Nelson sponsored several bills including legislation that would protect and preserve military bases as well as a measure to build a World War II memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza.

Sen. Nelson says, “I have been honored to serve the people of Arizona and am proud of my track record of protecting our military bases, supporting quality education, and backing policies that foster job creation. I am the only candidate with the experience necessary to warrant the best representation for District 13, I would be honored to have your vote,” said Senator Nelson.

About John Nelson

Sen. Nelson is the Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt Committee, an NRA Life Endowment Member, Chairman of the Maryvale Hospital Board of Trustees, Member in Good Standing of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau, and was active in the creation of Valley Partnership Organization. Nelson worked as a Civil Engineer for more than two decades and also served in the U.S. Army, First Infantry Division.

Sen. Nelson served on the Phoenix City Council for 16 years. He was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2001. He was re-elected 3 times before running for the Arizona State Senate. Sen. Nelson has served in the Senate for 4 years.

Senator Nelson and his wife Monica have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Big Labor Attempts to Commandeer American Airlines

By Timothy Lee

Big Labor is at it again. This time in the airline industry.

As you’ve probably heard, US Airways has proposed a merger with American Airlines, and the latter’s labor unions have eagerly pursued contract agreements with their potential new employer. A benevolent effort meant to expedite the process? Hardly. Rather, it is a hasty, thinly-veiled act of desperation. Instead of allowing American’s bankruptcy restructuring process to run its natural course, and a stronger airline to emerge, American’s unions have acted in a manner that can only serve to muddle and complicate the situation.

Here’s the critical fact to keep in mind: American Airlines reached its current predicament due primarily to its onerous labor costs. Its industry-high labor costs, representing fully 28% of its revenue, led to bankruptcy. Now, however, its unions seek to repeat that futile process by pursuing similar deals with US Airways. It defies history and economic reality to believe that a new merger under similar conditions would create such a magical synergy allowing the new contracts to be sustained for a lasting amount of time.

On top of that, successfully integrating two separate workforces into one can be a logistical nightmare. After all, US Airways itself has yet to fully integrate the new employees it acquired with its 2005 takeover of America West Airlines. Pilots from both carriers have engaged in an ongoing dispute over seniority and pay scales, and to this day US Airways and America West essentially operate as two separate entities, with US Airways pilots only flying US Airways planes and vice-versa. How could repeating that scenario be expected to create sudden synergies or cost savings? What evidence is there that this union-proposed takeover might play out differently?

Make no mistake – we at CFIF don’t maintain any inherent antipathy toward mergers. We do, however, recognize the pitfalls and dangers of mergers suspiciously pursued and negotiated by union bosses. The unfortunate reality is that this appears to be yet another example of Big Labor pursuing its own interests at the expense of the rank-and-file employees it claims to represent.

By way of historical background, the airline industry has changed rapidly over the years due to rising fuel costs and other market forces. Countless carriers have restructured union contracts or merged with competitors to reduce costs and remain in the market.

American Airlines stands as the lone exception.

American has never merged with another airline, and until this year it had never filed for bankruptcy. As a result, its unionized employees have enjoyed arguably the best salaries and benefits packages in the industry. And in an ironic bit of history, US Airways has itself gone through several bankruptcies over the years, and even frozen or terminated pensions and many of the types of benefits they’re apparently ceding to American’s labor unions in hopes of a quick deal.

We live in economically uncertain times, in which the cushy union contracts of old have become outdated and fiscally unsustainable. The fact that American, once the nation’s model airline, is bankrupt is itself evidence of how challenging it has become to operate in the industry. Big Labor knows this well. After all, it represents a significant percentage of the industry workforce. Sadly, however, it refuses to learn the straightforward lessons of recent history, and instead continues to demand unreasonable contracts that will put the longevity and viability of airlines at risk. In so doing, shortsighted union leaders place their own survival above that of their members. They concern themselves primarily with replenishing their coffers and pursuing political victories financed by union dues.

That imprudent approach may benefit the union leadership in the near term. But in the end, it proves to the detriment of average unionized American Airlines employees, as well as customers due to the reduced long-term viability of a bloated, union-controlled airline. The alternative is to allow American the opportunity to right the ship and carve out a new, mutually-beneficial agreement with its employees. Concessions will need to be made by both management and labor, and it will necessary for American Airlines’ bankruptcy proceedings to run its course.

The Big Labor alternative to repeat the unsustainable cycle will merely prolong the misery at the expense of employees and consumers.