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Union withdraws vote to represent Delta flight attendants

ATLANTA -- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) says it will delay a drive to organize Delta Air Lines Inc. flight attendants after some worker authorization cards were submitted with "insufficient information or questionable signatures."

The IAM says on its website:

We were heartened by the outpouring of support for an election, as well as the sense of urgency among thousands of Flight Attendants who believed that the time to have a voice in their professional future had arrived at last. For that reason, as soon as we received what was believed to be a substantial majority of authorization cards from the Flight Attendant group we filed the cards with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington, D.C., seeking an election. Unfortunately, we have recently discovered that a number of the cards submitted to us contain insufficient information or questionable signatures.

The IAM website post continues, "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."

Unions must have support from at least 50 percent of eligible workers to hold an election.

Atlanta-based Delta has the lowest percentage of unionized workers of any major U.S. airline.