JetBlue Airways Corporation is no doubt the envy of its
competitors today. For the second time in two years, the airline's
pilots have rejected union representation by the Air Line Pilots
Association (ALPA), in a vote which concluded Tuesday.
JetBlue has announced the results in a press release which notes
it is still entirely non-union. Of the 2,050 pilots who voted,
1,193 of them, or 58 percent, rejected the ALPA. 41 percent voted
in favor of the union, while there were 23 write-ins preferring
other unions. JetBlue attributes the outcome to its system of
individual pilot contracts which automatically renew, and its
record of never furloughing pilots or cutting their pay. The
company has worked to convince its employees that direct
collaboration produces better results than union contracts applied
to an entire workforce.
JetBlue CEO Dave Barger commented, "I would like to thank all
JetBlue pilots for their thoughtful consideration of the issues in
this campaign, and for electing to retain and expand their direct
relationship with the company. Now that the election is concluded,
I look forward to getting back to the business of truly reinventing
the traditional airline management-labor relationship, as only
ALPA released a statement saying it recognizes the decision and
respects the democratic process.