In July, 2011, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) filed charges with the AFL-CIO alleging the IAM violated the AFL-CIO Constitution by posting the election interference charges it filed with the National Mediation Board in the United/Continental/Continental Micronesia Flight Attendant election on a website for Flight Attendants to review.
The independent umpire assigned by the AFL-CIO found the IAM was in compliance with the AFL-CIO Constitution, stating: “an affiliate is entitled to keep its membership abreast of an ongoing dispute regarding the validity of an election.”
With regard to the communications CWA provided Flight Attendants during the election, however, the impartial umpire ruled:
Under a separate section of the AFL-CIO Constitution, the CWA also sought to force the IAM to withdraw its election protest with the NMB, claiming it had achieved final representation certification for the combined Flight Attendant group.
The independent umpire rejected CWA’s bid and stated that granting the CWA’s request would come at the cost of “depriving IAM and the very substantial number of workers who supported it of an opportunity that the law has long provided…”
The complete rulings are available below and at www.iamnow.org.