A ruling from a federal labor board moves flight attendants at United and Continental airlines closer to an election to choose a single union.
United and Continental merged last year but their flight attendants are in different unions. On Friday, the National Mediation Board said the two airlines are acting as one for purposes of setting an election date to choose one union to represent the combined group. Right now, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA represents 15,000 workers at United, while the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers currently represents more than 9,000 flight attendants at Continental.
United Continental Holdings Inc. runs both airlines. Spokeswoman Julie King said the airline is pleased with the ruling. Eventually, both airlines will be merged into one called United Airlines.