10/7/2009

Delta Air Lines is facing its greatest labor challenge in 80 years, with two major unions battling to represent Delta employees. However, the AFL-CIO recently requested a change in the way labor votes are tallied by the National Mediation Board. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes, "The timing here is nakedly opportunistic." The AFL-CIO is asking for rules regarding approval of union representation be changed to require a "yes" vote by the majority of those who vote, rather than the longstanding rule requiring a majority vote of all employees. "If unions want to organize Delta, they have every right to do so by persuading a majority of workers," the Journal's editorial board writes. ATA President and CEO Jim May said, "We believe there is no legal or policy justification to change this well-established voting process."

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