IAM Files for Union Elections at Delta

Delegates from the Southern States Conference rallied last week at the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport in support of Delta workers seeking IAM representation.

The IAM today filed applications with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for rulings that will lead to union representation elections for more than 30,000 employees at Delta Air Lines.

“The election process will give Delta workers an opportunity to determine their future,” said Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr. “Delta employees deserve to be represented by an organization whose sole purpose is to protect workers.”

The IAM is requesting separate “single carrier” rulings from the NMB with respect to the carrier’s fleet service and passenger service classifications. These rulings would establish that Delta and Northwest Airlines are operating as one carrier for representational purposes in each of these classifications, clearing the way for elections to be scheduled for each of these combined work groups. The Machinists Union is still investigating the single carrier status of stock clerks and office & clerical employees.

Following the NMB’s single carrier ruling, the IAM will have 14 days to provide evidence that sufficient interest exists in that employee classification to warrant an election. Proof of interest is demonstrated by a combination of the IAM’s current pre-merger Northwest membership plus signed election request cards from pre-merger Delta employees totaling at least 35 percent of eligible employees in each classification.

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