The National Mediation Board (NMB) announced this week that it would investigate the IAM’s charges that Delta Air Lines illegally interfered in the representation election for 91 flight simulator technicians.
NMB General Counsel Mary Johnson wrote, “After reviewing the submissions provided by Delta and the lAM, I find that because the lAM’s allegations and supporting evidence if true, would warrant a finding of election interference, the lAM has presented a prima facie case of election interference . The Board will commence its investigation and will be in contact with the participants to schedule interviews and an on-site investigation.”
Some examples of interference include Delta announcing a pay raise for non-contract employees on the first full day of voting in the election, holding one-on-one meetings with workers to influence how employees will vote, and conducting surveillance on employees to discourage employees from talking about the benefits of a union.
If the Board concludes there was interference, it is likely to order a new election. In such circumstances, the Board may modify the balloting procedures.
The complete NMB correspondence is available for viewing and printing at www.IAM4Delta.org.