The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) emerged as the winner Thursday in an election to
determine union representation for more than 14,100 Fleet/Ramp
workers at the carrier formed by the merger of United Airlines,
Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia. The election,
which was conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), was
between the IAM, which represented 6,800 United Airlines Ramp/Fleet
employees and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
which represented 7,300 Flight Ramp/Fleet workers at Continental
Airlines and Continental Micronesia.
“The IAM won this election by utilizing an extensive
network of highly energized organizers from all three
carriers,” said IAM General Vice President Robert Roach,
While all Ramp/Fleet workers came into this election with
existing representation, the quality of that representation became
a campaign issue. The IBT negotiated an agreement that allowed
Continental to outsource all Ramp/Fleet work, while IAM members at
United have a contract that provided job security by guaranteeing
work will be performed by United-IAM employees.
“Ramp employees chose the IAM because of the superior
representation, compensation, benefits and job security we
negotiate into our contracts,” said IAM District 141
President Rich Delaney.