The NMB’s final ruling allows airline and rail workers to elect unions under the same democratic standards used in other union and political elections in America: a majority of those who cast a vote will decide the outcome. No longer will non-voting employees be counted as NO votes. No longer will employers be able to simply keep voter turnout low as a means to trample on employees’ right to freely choose whether to unionize.
Effective July 1, 2010, the Board’s voting procedures for representation elections will change to add a “No” option and to provide that the majority of votes-cast will determine the outcome of an election. The new procedure will only apply to applications received on or after July 1, 2010.
“This change from the NMB is long overdue. Elections should be democratic and allow for the majority to decide. TCU is pleased with the ruling,” said TCU International President Bob Scardelletti.
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