Delta: NMB denies IAM’s interference claims

ATLANTA — The National Mediation Board has has rejected claims of interference filed by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) following the November 2010 Delta Air Lines fleet service representation election, the airline announced.

With its ruling, the NMB upheld the decision of a majority of voters to reject IAM representation, allowing Delta below wing airport customer service and Cargo warehouse workers to move forward as a combined work group, according to Delta.

“This is a great day for my below wing airport customer service colleagues,” Gil West, senior vice president – Airport Customer Service, said in a news release. “Today, finally, we will immediately begin the process of aligning pay, benefits, work rules and seniority.”

Interference claims are still pending relating to a representation election for Delta employees who work at airport ticket counters and gates, in customer-facing Cargo positions and in Reservation Sales, the airline said. The majority of voters in that election also rejected IAM representation.

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