Chip, although you tout the 100% success rate with Judge Mitchell, you don't cite any that were particularly controversial. So far in monitoring the docket, I haven't seen anything (other than that fear of life and limb stuff!) that wasn't pretty much run-of-the-mill. I'd have been shocked if any of them had been denied. Bottom line of how your posts come across is that you're still pandering to fear. That's an excellent tool for a propagandist, but hardly worthy of a journalist.
As far as the union contracts go, there's case law both ways. Bankruptcy and Labor Relations resources at Cornell University's Law site state that bankruptcy courts are bound by NLRB rules which feed into NMB rules (RLA flows into NMB). It would take something extraordinary for a bankruptcy court to fly in the face of the NLRB. Mitchell may think this is one of those times to be extraordinary; he may not. If he does, his decision can always be appealed. Bankruptcy judges have been reversed on labor decisions before (but not always!).
For anyone voting, before you make up your mind... educate yourself. Please don't be lead by fear and panic-mongering or hatred of the IAM/CWA, loathing of what management has done in the past, or simply a sense of life being unfair and you're not going to put up with it anymore. Make your choices based on sound reason. As you vote ask yourself, Could I explain this decision to someone without steam coming out of my ears or spitting in fury? Some of the posters here, I don't think they could.
Read everything you can about the contract you are voting on and the consequences of a YES or NO vote. Take out your calculators and understand what YOUR bottom line is going to be. What is the absolute worst that can happen? In the short term -- you have a union, but no contract, providing Judge Mitchell throws the contract out. Whether he does or not is anybody's guess. And it'd be just that: a guess. His current rulings on non-controversial motions that are based on how the law treats mercantile goods and services contracts have little bearing on how he may rule on motions made regarding labor contracts, which are a different animal entirely. Long-term consequences... again, anybody's guess. Admittedly, I don't think anything good will come out of a NO vote, but that's my personal take. Nobody has a crystal ball here. Well, actually, I do -- but I use it for a paperweight.