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07 December 2009

AirTran Employees Reject Union Representation

Last week, the customer service, ramp and Reservations agents for AirTran Airways rejected representation by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

The National Mediation Board (NMB) notified AirTran Airways, December 2nd, that they dismissed the IAM's petition for a representation election because the group failed to garner the required 35 percent of eligible agents to sign representation cards requesting an election. The Board cited an "insufficient showing of interest" in its dismissal notification to both parties.

This is the fifth time since 1998 that this work group has elected to forgo representation. The company has ramp and customer service agents located in airports around the country while the Reservations agents are located in three cities -- Atlanta, Carrollton, and Savannah, Ga.