National Mediation Board holds key to airline unions' influence

11/13/2008 | TheStreet.com

Unions and airline executives will be closely watching President-elect Barack Obama's nominations for the National Mediation Board, where two out of three members are typically drawn from the president's party. "I don't care if it's organizing drives, negotiations, or a quicker release from negotiations, there's probably no more important appointment for labor than who is on the NMB," says Duane Woerth, a former president of the Air Line Pilots Association. In the near term, the appointments could affect organizing efforts among flight attendants and ground workers at the newly merged Delta Air Lines.

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