Union victory is sweet, says Piedmont Airlines worker (video)

Three thousand baggage handlers and passenger service agents at Piedmont Airlines, based in Charlotte, N.C. and Phila., Pa., voted “Union, yes!” last year after the federal National Mediation Board remedied a rule that favored employers. (Video below)

Instead of counting the votes cast in a union election and allowing the majority to rule, the NMB counted all the workers in a bargaining unit whether they voted or not. That meant a “stay at home” vote was then counted as a “No.”

The Obama administration NMB remedied the blatant pro-employer bias in the Railway Labor Act, which regulates labor relations in the nation’s railroads and airlines, in July 2010.

At this year’s Communications Workers of America convention in Las Vegas, July 12, Piedmont Airlines ramp worker Abdur Dilal tells the more than 1,100 delegates and guests about the hard-fought campaign to win collective bargaining rights, and their next step: bargaining a contract.

Photo: Piedmont Airlines worker and union organizer Abdur Dilal speaks to CWA convention. (PW/Teresa Albano)




Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People’s World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW’s social media presence. Albano has been a staff writer for People’s World covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. She traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad, including India, Cuba, Angola, Italy, and to Paris to cover the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. An award-winning journalist, Albano has been honored for her writing by International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association.