Negotiations Update 2012/01/09
January 9, 2012
NMB Investigation Doesn’t Impact Tentative Agreement with United Flight Attendants
The National Mediation Board (NMB) legal department today notified the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), the International Association of Machinists (IAM) and the company that it will conduct an investigation into allegations of interference during the election for representation of our flight attendants between the AFA and IAM. The allegations primarily concern assertion of improper conduct between the two unions.
We anticipated this step, as it is typical in a high-profile election. In fact, this happened recently in the Delta-AFA investigation, where eventually the NMB found no interference to exist. It is important to understand that this is not a determination on the merits of the allegations, nor does it impact current representation.
It also has no effect on the tentative agreement reached with the AFA for United flight attendants.