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CWA: NMB Refuses to Remedy Extreme Management Interference at Delta Air Lines Election

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CWA: NMB Refuses to Remedy Extreme Management Interference at Delta Air Lines Election

CWA: NMB Refuses to Remedy Extreme Management Interference at Delta Air Lines Election

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Communications Workers of America and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA condemns the decision by the National Mediation Board denying charges of management interference by Delta Air Lines in the November 2010 union representation election.

“With this decision, the NMB has now given a green light to all manner of employer coercion and intimidation during representation election that leaves employees with no recourse. It is a shameful, illogical and cowardly decision”

It is a sad day indeed that it took the NMB one year to do nothing. This is not democracy, not in outcome nor process.

The NMB decision throws out 60 years of bargaining rights for the Northwest Flight Attendants and denies the Delta Flight Attendants any say over their working conditions. The decision ignores the outrageous interference of Delta management in the union election among 25,000 flight attendants.

The NMB found that Delta urged Flight Attendants to vote “NO” as the best way to support another Union, and also found evidence of increased supervisor surveillance in the workplace; that Delta misstated the NMB’s decertification procedures; incidents of supervisor threats against Union supporters; and most revealing, that Delta ran “an aggressive campaign against union representation.” However, the Board concluded that this coercive conduct did not affect the outcome.

In the election, decided by just 300 votes, Delta management launched a blatant and persistent attack on Flight Attendants’ rights to fairly choose a union voice and did everything possible to pressure thousands of Flight Attendants who want union representation.

Given the close margin of that election, Delta continues its determination to keep workers from having a union. This includes lobbying to shut down the Federal Aviation Administration by insisting that an anti-democratic voting standard for union elections be inserted in the FAA reauthorization. Delta seems to be more focused on its anti-union agenda than the performance of the airline, since it has bumped paying passengers to bring anti-worker lobbyists to Congress.

“With this decision, the NMB has now given a green light to all manner of employer coercion and intimidation during representation election that leaves employees with no recourse. It is a shameful, illogical and cowardly decision,” said AFA-CWA International President Veda Shook. “The NMB is clearly afraid of the airline of the one percent that showers Members of Congress with perks while at the same time raising its Flight Attendants’ health insurance premiums.”

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