AFA vice president Sara Nelson said the Mediation Board’s decision is “outrageous, and it’s shocking.”
The representation election resulted from the 2008 merger of mostly-unionized Northwest Airlines with mostly non-union Delta. The vote was to determine whether the combined group of about 20,000 flight attendants would be unionized.
The Mediation Board decision allows Delta to fully integrate the flight attendant group. Delta said it will immediately increase pay for Northwest flight attendants to Delta flight attendants’ hourly pay rates.
The International Association of Machinists union also lost representation elections among employees including baggage handlers and customer service employees, and has filed interference charges that are still pending.