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JetBlue’s Pilots Vote to Unionize
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.
For more information visit alpa.org.