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JetBlue fleet services workers are seeking a union vote

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A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York.

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A major airline union said on Friday it had sufficient support among them JetBlue AirwaysRoughly 3,000 fleet workers are seeking a union vote, the latest move to organize workers.

The International Association of Machinists and Aviation Workers said it will file a request for a union vote with the National Mediation Board. The work group includes baggage handlers and other ground staff.

The vote could create a third major task force at the New York-based airline to merge. JetBlue pilots and flight attendants are already unionized. It would come during a wave of union votes across companies from Amazon on Starbucks.

The vote could also come as JetBlue attempts to acquire the low-cost airline Spirit Airlineswhere more than 80% of employees are unionized, compared with JetBlue’s 46%, according to annual company filings.

“The IAM has sufficient interest among JetBlue Fleet Service workers to conduct union representation elections,” the union said in a statement.

JetBlue did not immediately comment on IAM’s statement.

Most major airline workers are already largely unionized, although some carriers like JetBlue are less so than some competitors.

Delta Air Lines is the largest U.S. carrier whose employees are mostly non-unionized, although the Flight Attendant Association-CWA in 2019 started a union drive airline flight attendant based in Atlanta. Flight attendants previously rejected unionization.

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