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Statement by Transportation Workers Union President James C. Little on Global Organizing Summit and Rallies Across the United States in Support of Union Recognition Election for 8,000 Ground Workers at Continental Airlines.

HOUSTON -- The announcement this week at the Global Organizing Summit that the United States ranks dead last among developed nations in terms of the percentage of workers represented by unions is outrageous. Outrageous -- and not surprising.

Even at a generally labor-friendly U.S. company like Continental Airlines, at which unions represent pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and mechanics, organizing efforts by ground workers have been met with intimidation tactics, captive audience meetings and aggressive efforts by professional union busters.

Continental's employees and other American workers deserve a seat at the table. In commercial aviation especially, workers need a voice. Since 2001, salaries, pensions working conditions and job security have changed drastically. Airline mergers have become regular headlines. Only through union efforts have unionized workers at Continental begun to return gradually to the levels of compensation prior to September 11th. Workers without a union card haven't been as fortunate.

Today federal authorities sent ballots to 8,000 Continental workers. Also today, in Newark, Houston and elsewhere, rallies are being held in support of Continental workers' basic right to assemble, form a union and protect their and their families' interests. Continental workers have courageously stood up for their rights. TWU and our allies in the labor movement here and abroad support them.

Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) represents 200,000 workers and retirees, primarily employed in commercial aviation, public transportation and passenger railroads. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. To learn more about the Continental ground workers election please visit
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