The International Association of Machinists has withdrawn its application to hold an election in order to unionize 20,000 flight attendants at Delta Air, according to the union’s website.
The union stated that, although it believed in January that it had 60% of the flight attendants’ signatures, it had “recently discovered that a number of the cards submitted to us contain insufficient information or questionable signatures.”
By our calculation, the number of questionable cards makes our showing of interest borderline. However, rather than waiting months for a determination by the NMB, we believe the best course of action is to avoid further delay and withdraw our current application, renew our organizing drive and file again twelve months from the date of the dismissal of our application, as is permitted by law.
We apologize to all of you for this delay but under the circumstances it is the only way to correct this unfortunate situation while continuing our drive to obtain the economic justice Flight Attendants deserve.
The union must now wait a year before it can make a request for a new election.
The Machinists’ union attempt at unionizing Delta’s flight attendants is only the latest union attempt at Delta.
The Association of Flight Attendants—a division of the Communications Workers of America—has failed on numerous occasions to unionize Delta’s flight attendants, as has the Transport Workers Union.