Vote Brings 19,000 United Employees into Labor Union
Comerford, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Mike Comerford Daily Herald Business Writer
In an action heralded as a boost to the labor movement nationally, United Airlines' nearly 19,000 passenger service and reservations agents voted Friday to unionize.
An estimated 53 percent of the employees from across the country voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
It was the largest airline election in the National Mediation Board's history and the largest private-sector win in more than two decades, according to union officials.
"This election reflects the new spirit of today's labor movement," said Machinists President R. Thomas Buffenbarger in a press release. "Facing unfair conditions in one of America's biggest companies, a group of determined individuals worked hard, stuck together and won the largest airline organizing drive in history."
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney also praised the victory as good for all unions.
United President John Edwardson congratulated the union and said "we will …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: Vote Brings 19,000 United Employees into Labor Union. Contributors: Comerford, Mike - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: July 18, 1998. Page number: 1. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.