Delta Flight Attendants Call for Union Vote
Delta Air Lines may soon have another major workforce represented by a union.
The International Association of Machinists union said that nearly 12,000 Delta attendants, or roughly 60% of all flight attendants, had signed cards requesting that the National Mediation Board conduct a union representation election, and union representatives along with Delta flight attendants delivered the cards to the agency on Tuesday.
The Atlanta-based airline is one of the least-unionized in the United States. Its pilots are the only major workgroup currently represented by organized labor.
Delta flight attendants have rejected union representation three times since 2002, the most recent coming in 2010 following its merger with Northwest Airlines. Northwest’s flight attendants were unionized while those at Delta were not.
The union said it expects the federal agency to order an election within four to six weeks of today’s filing.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is the world’s largest airline union, with over 100,000 members at a variety of airlines in the U.S.
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