Last week, Allegiant Air flight attendants have filed with the National Mediation Board to decertify the Transport Workers Union. If successful, it would be largest decertification under the Railway Labor Act. Employees feel the union has not represented their interests. In the nearly five years that they have been represented by the TWU, the union has failed to secure the workers a collective bargaining agreement. Workers should not have to put up with unwanted union representation and union decertification is a tool that workers can use to ensure their interests are properly represented. Below is a press release from the employee organization, allegiant4me.com:
Today, July 1, in Washington, D.C. we filed an application with the National Mediation Board requesting a representational election. Part of the application requirement is turning in the signed Authorization Cards from more than 50% of our flight attendants system wide. That means the majority of us now want to move forward with an election. It is a historical day for sure. Never before in the history of the Railway Labor Act has a craft or class of this size ever attempted to decertify their union. This is a clear indication that we are dissatisfied with the TWU and their failure to deliver. Four and a half years is more than enough time to give them to produce. It is time to stop wishing upon a star and return to direct negotiations with management and work with them as one team. As our dispatchers recently showed us, it is the only way we will get the things that we desire. Precedent is now there that we can tangibly point to. Let's follow their lead so we can reap the benefits that they have.See more information on the union decertification effort here.