NMB Ruling on Representation of Union Workers in a Merger

December 20, 2012

The National Mediation Board’s final ruling on the showing of interest threshold for the representation of unionized workers following a merger was announced today. That threshold is now 50 percent. In this year’s FAA reauthorization bill, the threshold for unrepresented workgroups was also increased from 35 to 50 percent.

With regards to the potential merger of American and US Airways, the ruling removes any legal ambiguity as to the threshold needed to trigger a representation election for our companies’ workgroups. APFA remains committed to ensuring that all flight attendants have strong and well-organized representation in place to protect their interests.