Delta Backs Lawsuit to Delay NMB Vote Rule

Despite a public campaign of complaints and accusations that representation elections for airline workers are too lengthy, Delta Air Lines is among the biggest backers of a new lawsuit aimed squarely at new voting guidelines recently issued by the National Mediation Board (NMB).

The lawsuit, filed last week in federal district court by the Air Transport Association (ATA), seeks to block the new voting guidelines, which call for air and rail union elections to be decided by a majority of votes cast.

Under previous NMB guidelines, any worker who did not cast a vote was counted as a “no” vote.

While the ATA is the main lobbying arm for the nation’s air carriers, it is worth noting that many ATA members declined to take part in the onerous lawsuit, including: Southwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways.

Among the carriers supporting the lawsuit are ABX Air.; AirTran Airways; Alaska Airlines; ASTAR Air Cargo; Atlas Air; Delta Air Lines; Evergreen International Airlines; Federal Express Corporation; Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways.