AirTran Employees Choose Machinists Union

Washington, D.C., March 28, 2011 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced AirTran Airline’s 2,900 Fleet and Passenger Service/Reservation employees have voted to join the Machinists Union.

“Whatever the outcome of AirTran’s proposed merger with Southwest, AirTran employees understand the need for professional representation during this critical time,” said IAM General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “This was a grass roots campaign, and I commend our organizing committee and AirTran employees for taking this positive step toward a better, more secure future.”

The National Mediation Board conducted the Internet and telephone vote from February 28-March 28, 2011. A majority of participating employees voted in favor of the Machinists Union.  

“We are proud of our new AirTran members for making the decision to be participants in shaping their future,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney. “As airlines consolidate, merge and partner with each other to protect themselves, the employees of AirTran realize that joining together is the best protection they have.”

The IAM represents Passenger Service/Reservation employees at Air Tran’s proposed merger partner, Southwest Airlines. IAM members at Southwest earn $8.56 an hour more per hour than Air Tran Passenger Service Agents, and $9.66 an hour more than Air Tran Reservation Agents.