Thu, Nov 04, 2010
Ends 60 Years Of Representation For Northwest FAs
In a vote held among flight attendants working for Delta, just
over half voted against union representation, handing a defeat to
The union said it was "extremely disappointed" that the Delta
flight attendants had declined to join. For the first time in 60
years, FAs with Northwest Airlines are without representation.
Delta and Northwest merged in 2008.
Media sources including Tthe Wall Street Journal and
Minneapolis Star Tribune indicate that the vote was close,
with just 328 votes separating the yeas from the nays. Over 19,000
flight attendants cast ballots in the election which bean September
The AFA-CWA reportedly will ask the National Mediation Board to
investigate allegations that Delta "interfered" with the process
through e-mail, regular mail, and "intimidating contact" with
workers. One Delta flight attendant called it "fear-mongering and
But another who had helped organize a "No Way AFA" campaign told
the Star Tribune that as a group, Delta flight attendants
"cannot be higher than our planes fly."
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