Federal board to investigate Delta union election

By the Associated Press | June 1, 2011 | 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal labor regulators say they're going to investigate the election at Delta Air Lines Inc. that kept a flight attendant's union out.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA narrowly lost the election in November, with 51 percent of votes coming in against the union. The union had represented flight attendants at Northwest before it was bought in 2008 by Delta. Delta flight attendants had not been in a union.

The union claimed Delta illegally intimidated workers. Delta also raised allegations that the union had intimidated workers by demanding to know how they had voted. The National Mediation Board said on Wednesday that an investigator would do interviews and an on-site investigation. The board could potentially order a new vote.

Delta said it is disappointed by the decision to investigate the election.