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IAM Withdraws NMB Election Application

As you know, for the past few years the IAM has supported a historic organizing drive by Delta Flight Attendants. This campaign offered the opportunity to participate in an election to determine whether you would be represented by a strong union and protected by an industry leading contract or continue to be employees serving at the whim of the company.

We were heartened by the outpouring of support for an election, as well as the sense of urgency among thousands of Flight Attendants who believed that the time to have a voice in their professional future had arrived at last. For that reason, as soon as we received what was believed to be a substantial majority of authorization cards from the Flight Attendant group we filed the cards with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington, D.C., seeking an election. Unfortunately, we have recently discovered that a number of the cards submitted to us contain insufficient information or questionable signatures.

By our calculation, the number of questionable cards makes our showing of interest borderline. However, rather than waiting months for a determination by the NMB, we believe the best course of action is to avoid further delay and withdraw our current application, renew our organizing drive and file again twelve months from the date of the dismissal of our application, as is permitted by law.

We apologize to all of you for this delay but under the circumstances it is the only way to correct this unfortunate situation while continuing our drive to obtain the economic justice Flight Attendants deserve.

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3 Responses to "IAM Withdraws NMB Election Application"

  • Frank Walker
    April 6, 2015 - 11:31 pm Reply

    Too sad. I would think that DL mgmt had a hand in this. Not blaming anyone but I opine that DL may be a bigger anti-union company out of the south than Wal-Mart.

  • Terri Shanahan
    April 7, 2015 - 12:43 am Reply

    Although it is a set back, I believe it is imperative that we come back in full force to let the company know that they may have one the battle but NOT the war. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE BEG! We CAN and WiLL continue to push forward. We can be pro company, pro choice and for me, pro self. Iam proud to be a delta flight attendant but we need recognition for everything that Delta has accomplished. We are the front line employees and we are the ones that they see everyday! Stay focused and let’s finish this with are colleagues both foreign and domestic with dignity and respect!


  • Randall Steffan
    April 9, 2015 - 8:14 am Reply

    That reason is good enough for me! I stand by IAM!

    I hope that further, specific details about this process are forthcoming. People desire more information. Thank you!

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