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UNIONS' ORGANIZING DRIVE AT USAIR FALLS SHORT

 UNIONS' ORGANIZING DRIVE AT USAIR FALLS SHORT
 PITTSBURGH, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of


America (USW) lost its bid to organize 8,000 USAir (NYSE: U) Fleet Service Employees, it was announced today.
 The National Mediation Board (NMB) count showed that both the USW and International Association of Machinists (IAM), failed to gain the necessary 50 percent plus 1 of the votes cast in order for one of the unions to win the representation election.
 "The archaic election rules of the NMB made it difficult to conduct a fair election," charged Bob Callahan, assistant director of organizing for the USW.
 "The NMB did not have a process to monitor potential manipulation by the company in the 102 airports where the agents were located. And the NMB did not supply the union with addresses of employees while the union's access to employees at work was severely restricted, due to airport security regulations.
 "If a ballot was sent to an employee's address, but not returned, it was counted as a vote for the company, a 'no-vote' for the unions," Callahan explained.
 "Given the confusion caused by layoffs and transfers within USAir, the company had the ability to inflate the voter list in this type of election and we would never know," Callahan said.
 2,663 fleet service employees voted to join the USW. 3,794 valid ballots were cast overall, just 254 short of the total needed for union representation. 1,100 ballots were cast for the IAM and 31 write-in votes were also cast. Seventeen void ballots were not counted. The total eligible voters were 8,095, with unions needing to collectively receive 4,048 votes for union representation.
 "We've filed challenges over the arcane process we had to contend with," said Callahan, "but if we don't prevail, we'll be back at it next year."
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 /CONTACT: Bob Callahan, assistant director of organizing, USW Transportation Council, 412-562-2412; or USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/
 (U) CO: United Steelworkers of America; USAir Fleet Service Employees;
 International Association of Machinists; USAir ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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