Union Further Delays Delta Employees’ Opportunity for Elections
Timing of IAM withdrawal ‘suspicious’
Oct 30, 2009
ATLANTA, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today issued the following statement from Mike Campbell, executive vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations, in response to the International Association of Machinists’ (IAM) decision to withdraw its application for a union election among Delta’s 14,000 fleet service employees.
“The IAM’s action is repugnant, and is nothing more than the continuation of a pattern of stalling resolution of union representation among our work groups. The IAM communicated to Delta employees in early August that it could file for elections for the remaining 20,000 employees ‘within weeks.’ Now, months later, and on the one-year anniversary of our merger, the IAM instead withdraws its application claiming that we are not a single carrier.
“We don’t buy it and we don’t believe our people will either.
“The timing of the IAM’s action is suspicious considering it is taking place days before the NMB publishes its proposal to change the longstanding majority voting rules.
“Further delay disrespects our people who deserve the opportunity to make their own choice regarding union representation.”
SOURCE: Delta Air Lines
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