The Association of Flight Attendants suffered a setback on November 3, when attendants for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines by a narrow majority voted against union representation. Joanne Smith, senior vice president of Delta In-Flight Service, was practically jovial in her statement announcing the news:
We are happy to share the results of the Delta flight attendant representation election we received today from the National Mediation Board. The majority of voters rejected AFA representation. This is a win for all Delta flight attendants.
Delta attendants have in the past rejected union representation, but this round may not be over. As CNN Money reports:
The Association of Flight Attendants alleged that intimidation and coercion of voters by Delta management affected the vote results. The union said in a statement that it will submit interference charges to the National Mediation Board.