srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
This is slightly old news, as the press release is dated 12/7/2010 and I guess it got overlooked here due to the DL employees (ticketing, gate, cargo, reservations agents) rejection of the IAM being announced the same day. I honestly do not see a need for an election seeing as once FL is integrated into WN, those employees will be represented by the IAM since they already represent WN's equivalent employees (with the exception of the ramp agents, which are represented by the TWU). I'm guessing that this could be some fear-mongering on the part of the IAM (Having been through an IAM election at FL back in 1999-2000, the IAM does have a habit of using fear of the unknown as a tactic in elections.) to make these employees think that once the merger happens, WN is going to give them the short end of the stick in regards to seniority, pay, and bid lines. WN has a reputation as being a fair employer and I don't see them as being the sort of company to mistreat and mishandle the integration of FL employees into WN.
It should be interesting to see whether the IAM succeeds this time, as they've failed in prior attempts to unionize this same group of FL employees (The IBT also has tried and failed to unionize them as well.).
Regardless of the result of this election, wouldn't there have to be elections either way? Using the DL/NW merger as an example, they had to hold elections because some employee groups were unionized at NW, but not at DL and they were required to vote on whether to make the entire employee group union or non-union. If I recall, the pilots were not required to hold an election since they were members of the same union.
swa4life From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1232 times:
Even in the worst case scenario with this integration, the AirTran people only stand to gain. Their pay is about to be increased by nearly 50%, they're going into union contracts with the best compensation packages in the industry, and will benefit from being employed by a more stable company in the industry (job security). IAM will have to make one heck of a case that they would be getting screwed. Even if they had to forfeit ALL of their seniority, it's still overall a substantial "quality of life" upgrade, and even that's not likely to happen. Airtran employees will retain a majority percentage of their seniority. I don't know a single airtran employees who is not skipping and whistling their way into work everyday right now.