5/11/2010

The National Mediation Board on Monday announced a change in the way votes are counted in airline unionization elections, making it easier for workers to organize. Under the new rule, those who fail to cast a ballot will no longer be counted as a "no" vote. Delta Air Lines, facing a union election among 20,000 flight attendants, will likely be the first carrier affected by the change, and the carrier said it would support an industry lawsuit seeking to block the new rule. The Air Transport Association announced its intention Monday to file a legal challenge, saying, "We continue to believe the National Mediation Board does not have legal authority to implement this rule, one that undoubtedly will lead to more labor discord."

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