• The National Mediation Board reinstated a hyperlink on the NMB’s Web site to be used by airline and railroad employees who are eligible to vote in a representation election to access the NMB’s Internet voting site. The link was removed in 2008 out of concern for voters’ privacy. The NMB maintained its prohibition against posting of hyperlinks to the voting site by election participants, as that would allow the participants to track persons accessing the voting site.
  • The NMB dismissed a petition for a representation election by the International Association of Machinists, which has been working to organize customer service and ramp and reservation agents at AirTran Airways. The NMB stated that the IAM failed to submit a sufficient number of authorization cards to demonstrate that at least 35 percent of the workers in the proposed bargaining unit support union representation, as required for an election.
  • The International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced that a representation election among 8,000 fleet service employees of Continental Airlines will be conducted by the National Mediation Board between Jan. 4 and Feb. 8.