Jet­Blue’s Pi­lots Vote to Union­ize

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Jet­Blue Air­ways pi­lots have voted to be rep­re­sented by the Air Line Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the union. Af­ter twice re­ject­ing bids to union­ize since 2009, 71 per­cent of Jet­Blue’s 2,529 pi­lots who par­tic­i­pated in the vote agreed to join ALPA, the na­tion’s largest pi­lot union.

The wave of con­sol­i­da­tion in the air­line in­dus­try may have been the de­cid­ing fac­tor in this vote, ac­cord­ing to ALPA pres­i­dent Capt. Lee Moak. “The avi­a­tion land­scape has changed dra­mat­i­cally, and I be­lieve that that was the de­ter­mi­nant for the Jet­Blue pi­lots to or­ga­nize. ”ALPA al­ready rep­re­sents pi­lots at 31 air­lines in­clud­ing Delta, United, Amer­i­can Ea­gle, Spirit and FedEx.

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