A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York.
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A major airline union said on Friday that there is enough support among them JetBlue Airlines‘ about 3,000 naval service personnel to seek a union vote, in the latest move to organize workers.
The International Association of Mechanics and Aerospace Workers said it will file a request for a union vote with the National Mediation Board. The work group includes baggage handlers and other ground operations employees.
The vote could create a third major working group at the New York-based airline to unionize. JetBlue pilots and flight attendants have already agreed. It would come during a wave of union votes across companies from Amazon to Starbucks.
A vote could also take place as JetBlue tries to acquire a budget airline Spirit Airlineswhere unions represent more than 80% of employees, compared to JetBlue’s 46%, according to the company’s annual filings.
“The IAM has sufficient interest among JetBlue Naval Service workers to conduct a union representation election,” the union said in a statement.
JetBlue did not immediately comment on the IAM’s statement.
Most major airline workers are already heavily represented by unions, although some carriers like JetBlue are less so than some competitors.
Delta Airlines it is the largest US carrier whose workers are largely non-unionized, although the Flight Attendants Association-CWA in 2019 launched a trade union campaign of the Atlanta-based carrier’s flight attendants. Flight attendants have previously refused to unionise.