The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has won an election to represent almost 17,000 passenger service and reservation employees at United-Continental.
The union won 8,305 votes, while 5,865 votes were cast for non-representation. The National Mediation Board, which conducted the election, determined that there were 16,720 eligible voters, says the union.
"This election preserves IAM representation rights for pre-merger United employees and extends that benefit to their new co-workers from Continental and Continental Micronesia," says IAM transportation general vice president Sito Pantoja.
Before United and Continental merged, the union represented passenger service and reservations employees at United. Continental's were not represented, while Continental Micronesia's were represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The IAM will also represent 14,800 ramp service and stock and stores employees at United-Continental. With its win in the recent election, the union will represent more than 31,500 employees at the merged carrier.