JetBlue pilots vote for first time to unionize

WASHINGTON — The National Mediation Board says pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes.

The pilots will join the Air Line Pilots Association. Of the 96 percent of pilots eligible to vote, the association says 71 percent voted to unionize.

JetBlue CEO Dave Barger says both the airline and the pilot’s union will now organize negotiating committees.

ALPA President Capt. Lee Moak says the association is ready to work with JetBlue’s pilots to achieve their goals.

JetBlue’s pilots voted down union representation in 2009 and 2011.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, billing itself as representing nearly 50,000 pilots and 31 airlines in the United States and Canada.

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