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Union Vote Denied at Delta Air

December 10, 1997

ATLANTA (AP) _ An effort to organize a union by Delta Air Lines ramp workers was denied Tuesday.

The National Mediation Board turned down a Transport Workers Union request for a representation election among the airline’s ramp workers, who handle baggage and perform other airport tasks.

The mediation board said it found ``no basis″ for an election because the union failed to produce evidence that at least 35 percent of the workers at Atlanta-based Delta wanted a vote to be held.

``It’s a big disappointment for the employees who only wanted some job security and a contract,″ said TWU organizer Steve Roberts.

Delta Chief Executive Leo F. Mullin called the ruling ``good news for Delta employees and our company.″

``This outcome supports the growing sense of partnership under the current company structure that will result in a superior competitive position in the marketplace,″ Mullin said in a memo.

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