IAM Welcomes NMB Ruling for United/Continental Passenger Service Employees

The IAM welcomed the National Mediation Board (NMB) single carrier ruling for Passenger Service and Reservation Employees at United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia. The ruling follows the merger of the three airlines and is necessary before union representation issues can be resolved and integration of the pre-merger Passenger Service groups can occur.

“The IAM is eager to bring the benefits of a secure union contract to all Passenger Service and Reservation Employees at the combined airline,” said General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr.

The NMB decision sets in motion a 14-day period during which the IAM will provide evidence of support for the NMB to call for a union representation election. The Board requires a “showing of interest” by at least 35 percent of the combined classification before an election will be scheduled. The NMB will set the time frame for an election after the 14-day period expires.

The IAM represents 9,400 United Airlines Passenger Service Employees, while 7,000 Continental Passenger Service Employees are currently unrepresented. Another 175 Continental Micronesia employees are currently represented by another union.

More information about the IAM’s United Airlines Passenger Service Employee election is available at www.voteiam.com.