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JetBlue Flight Attendants Vote To Join Transport Workers As 66% Back Union


The Transport Workers Union has won a unionization election for JetBlue flight attendants as it garnered support from two thirds of the voters.

The vote was 2,661 in favor and  1,387 opposed, said a union spokesman. JetBlue has about 5,000 flight attendants. Of 4,701 eligible votersm 4048 cast ballots.

“This historic victory is yet another example of the tide turning in America as workers continue to lock arms and fight back to defend their livelihoods,” said TWU President John Samuelsen in a prepared statement.

“The TWU intends to immediately commence contract bargaining with JetBlue,” Samuelsen said. “It is our sincerest wish that the company comes to the table and bargains a fair and just contract with the workers they employ.

He said the union will seek a contract that provides flight attendants with job security, a grievance procedure, improved wages and benefits and “a seat at the table in case of possible merger or acquisition.”

“If JetBlue refuses to bargain in good faith, this union is prepared to engage in a fightback campaign that will continue until a contract is secured and the inflight crewmembers are protected,” Samuelsen said.

TWU filed for the flight attendant election in December 2017.

New York-based JetBlue began flying in 2000. It successfully resisted various unionization efforts until 2014, when 71% of its pilots voted to join the Air Line Pilots Association. That same year, TWU conducted an organizing drive among flight attendants but failed to secure enough signatures to force a union election.

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