Power Breakfast: Delta-labor fight now a legal battle, unemployment, Atlanta schools, transit, Synovus

Delta and labor unions seeking to organize the carrier’s workers have shifted their clash from on-the-ground campaigns to voluminous legal filings, AJC staffer Kelly Yamanouchi reports.

Unions for flight attendants and ground workers failed to win enough votes to represent Delta employees last year. So now the National Mediation Board is weighing the unions’ appeals for re-votes on grounds that the company illegally interfered in the elections, Yamanouchi writes.

Both sides have now laid out their initial claims in legal filings, and each accuses the other of inappropriate behavior during the campaigns.

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11 comments Add your comment


January 27th, 2011
6:45 am

I despise unions.


January 27th, 2011
7:17 am

I second that.


January 27th, 2011
7:23 am

A majority of this problem rests with the former NorthWest employees. While the Delta employees merely rejected union representation – the NW folks lost the union and most didn’t want to. They were deeply unionized, especially workers in places like Detroit where they gave unions a bad name.

Mike Jones

January 27th, 2011
7:31 am

If Delta unionizes, I will never fly with them again.

Mike Jones

January 27th, 2011
7:34 am

Wait until Democrats pass “Card Check”. If someone votes against forming a union then. A couple of thugs from the Union will show up at their home and convince them to change their vote. They might even show up at their kids bus stop or at the grocery store where they buy their groceries. You won’t ever know.


January 27th, 2011
7:38 am

Without a union, Delta rank-and-file employees won’t have any protection against managerial largesse! They NEED a union!!

Straight Talk

January 27th, 2011
8:05 am

Friends from the midwest told me they called Northwest ‘Northworst’. When I eventually flew on the airline I learned why. The attitude of the employees was very similar to that of many in a government beauracracy – uncaring, cold, ‘don’t bother me with your needs or problems’. If Delta unionized the front line employees, the level of service would drop much further than it already has. I hope the Federal government and the courts leave the NO votes from the Delta employees in the recent union elections.standing.


January 27th, 2011
8:13 am

Delta used to defeat unions by wooing their employees with great benefits and working conditions; now they no longer have great benefits and working conditions so they have changed to traditional union-busting tactics. So it is inaccurate to say Delta won the election; that is what this is all about.

ron allen

January 27th, 2011
8:18 am

no to the unions


January 27th, 2011
9:01 am

@yuzeyurbrain…I’d say it most certainly is accurate to say Delta won the election. The employees voted, and the majority voted against union representation. That sounds like an election to me. BTW, what precisely, are traditional union-busting tactics, and what evidence do you have that Delta engaged in them, whatever they are?

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