ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today received notification from the National Mediation Board (NMB) that the Board has rejected claims of interference filed by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) following the November 2010 Delta flight attendant representation election. With its ruling, the NMB has upheld the decision of a majority of voters to reject AFA representation, allowing Delta flight attendants to move forward as a combined workgroup.
“We have always believed that our flight attendants’ voices and votes should be respected,” said Joanne Smith, senior vice president – In-Flight Service. “We take very seriously our commitment to helping our employees take advantage of the full benefits of the merger. To that end, we will immediately begin the process of aligning pay, benefits, work rules and seniority for our flight attendants, including bringing pre-merger Northwest flight attendants up to the Delta flight attendant hourly pay rates.”
Still pending are interference claims relating to representation elections for employees in Delta’s Airport Customer Service, Cargo, Reservation Sales and TechOps Stores groups. The majority of voters in these elections also rejected union representation.
“We are hopeful similar decisions related to those elections will come quickly so that our people in those groups will be able to move forward as well,” said Mike Campbell, executive vice president of H.R. and Labor Relations. “It is time to turn the page and continue to focus on making Delta a great place to work. We have the best men and women in the industry and I am grateful for the professionalism they’ve demonstrated during the past three years.”