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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.

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