The National Mediation Board ruled Wednesday that Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines are now operating as a single carrier, but it refused to order stepped-up elections on union representation for mechanics and ground workers, as Delta had requested. In a written statement, the Association of Flight Attendants praised the ruling. "The NMB's recent decision not to extend the pilots' application to flight attendants and the entire Delta workforce rightly puts the decision of union representation back into the hands of Northwest and Delta flight attendants," the association said.

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