AirTran workers vote for unionization ahead of merger

Fleet workers and reservations agents at AirTran Airways will be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers while the carrier goes through its merger with Southwest Airlines. About 53% of voters chose the unionization option, though 36% of eligible workers did not vote. An AirTran spokesman said the company has "always respected the right of our crew members to decide on representation, and we will respect this vote." Said an IAM official after the election: "As airlines consolidate, merge and partner with each other to protect themselves, the employees of AirTran realize that joining together is the best protection they have."

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