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Delta Ramp Workers Nix Union

October 3, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ Ramp workers at Delta Air Lines have rejected union representation for the second time this year.

Just 18.8 percent of the 9,900 eligible workers mailed in ballots supporting union representation, well short of the required majority. Most of those votes were for the Transport Workers Union, with a small number supporting other unions.

About 17 percent of the ramp workers voted for unionization in February. The National Mediation Board ruled that vote invalid, citing ``substantial evidence″ that Delta supervisors used required employee meetings to discuss management’s opposition to the TWU.

The TWU must wait another year to petition the board for another vote.

Delta is the least unionized of the major U.S. airlines, with only its pilots and a handful of dispatchers and pilot trainers represented by unions.

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On the Net:

Delta Air Lines: http://www.delta.com

Transport Workers Union: http://www.twu.com

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