JetBlue is no longer the largest airline in the USA without a union. The ~2,600 pilots have chosen to be represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) in the most recent vote. Reports suggest that 71-73% voted in favor of the representation. Similar votes failed in 2009 and 2011. Nothing changes immediately, of course, so predicting trouble is probably just me thinking the title is funny more than any useful contribution to the discussion. Still, this will be an interesting situation to watch in the coming months as negotiating committees are formed on each side and talks begin.
And I get that typically such changes are net negative for the company. But I’m less worried about than than my experience as a passenger. And the unionization leaves a very, very, very broad opening for things to move one way or the other on that front. But it rarely is good for consumers.
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