Wednesday, November 26, 2008

NWA flight attendants union sues Delta
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 11:39 AM ESTDayton Business Journal - by
Liz Riggs DBJ Contributor

The union representing Northwest Airlines flight attendants is suing Delta Air Lines Inc. to prevent the carrier from integrating the pre-merger Delta and Northwest seniority lists, saying the action is premature.

According to the suit filed Nov. 11 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA believes that moving ahead with integration before the combined group has the opportunity to vote on union representation constitutes “unlawful interference [by Delta] ... with the rights of those employees to choose their representative and to organize and bargain effectively.”

Atlanta-based Delta (NYSE: DAL) acquired Northwest on Oct. 29. Delta’s flight attendants are not represented by a union; Northwest’s are.

According to the suit, Delta has said it could take up to 12 to 24 months to fully merge the operations of the two carriers and obtain a single operating certificate from the
Federal Aviation Administration. Because Delta has not yet received the certificate, the suit alleges the seniority integration process is inappropriate.

Delta is the largest airline flying out of the
Dayton International Airport.
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