Congrats to 5,000 Jet Blue Flight Attendants who chose UNION

Unions are not "third-party representation." They are the working people at a company who speak up together with one voice.

JetBlue is having a hard time accept that reality in the wake of an overwhelming vote by Flight Attendants at the airline to join the Transport Workers Union.

The flight attendants had no trouble with the concept, voting by a 2 to 1 margin to seek better livelihoods through a union contract:

The Transport Workers Union has won a unionization election for JetBlue flight attendants as it garnered support from two thirds of the voters.

The vote was 2,661 in favor and 1,387 opposed, said a union spokesman. JetBlue has about 5,000 flight attendants. Of 4,701 eligible votersm 4048 cast ballots.

"This historic victory is yet another example of the tide turning in America as workers continue to lock arms and fight back to defend their livelihoods," said TWU President John Samuelsen in a prepared statement.

"The TWU intends to immediately commence contract bargaining with JetBlue," Samuelsen said. "It is our sincerest wish that the company comes to the table and bargains a fair and just contract with the workers they employ.

He said the union will seek a contract that provides flight attendants with job security, a grievance procedure, improved wages and benefits and "a seat at the table in case of possible merger or acquisition."

"If JetBlue refuses to bargain in good faith, this union is prepared to engage in a fightback campaign that will continue until a contract is secured and the inflight crewmembers are protected," Samuelsen said.

In a prepared statement, JetBlue said it is disappointed by the election results.

"While we respect the outcome of the election, we are disappointed in this result because we believe the direct relationship is superior to third-party representation," the carrier said. "Our crew members remain at the heart of the JetBlue experience and we value all they do to provide that experience to our customers. As we move forward, we will work to come together around our mission to inspire humanity that has set JetBlue apart from other airlines since day one.

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