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IAM accuses Delta of election interference in fleet service ballot.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2010 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has made an official complaint concerning the recent union representation election for 13,000 fleet service employees of Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), the union said yesterday.

In its formal charge of election interference with the National Mediation Board, the IAM alleges that Delta manipulated the outcome of the election by isolating and coercing pre-merger Delta employees to vote from Delta-controlled computers while electronically blocking pre-merger Northwest employees (existing members of IAM) from voting on Delta computers. It also claims that Delta engaged in "surveillance and intimidation" designed to make employees fearful of supporting the IAM and denied the union equal access to employees.

The IAM is seeking for the election to be re-run and has requested either a mail ballot or, if by electronic means as in the initial elections, that votes cannot be cast on Delta-controlled computers or telephones.

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