ExpressJet/Atlantic Southeast Flight Attendants Vote ‘Yes’ for IAM

In an election prompted by the merger of ExpressJet Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the IAM emerged as the clear winner in a contest to determine union representation rights for more than 2,160 Flight Attendants.

The election, which was conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), was between the IAM, which represented 1,150 ExpressJet Flight Attendants, and the Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA-CWA), which represented 1,010 Flight Attendants at Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

According to the NMB, the IAM received 1,065 votes, while the AFA-CWA received 666 votes. There were 26 votes for “No Union.”

The IAM is preparing to negotiate a single collective bargaining agreement for the combined Flight Attendant group. A bargaining priority survey was launched before voting even began, and the official solicitation of contract proposals is underway. For more information about the campaign and the upcoming negotiation process, visit