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Virgin America Is No Longer a Union Virgin

Sir Richard Branson with Virgin America flight attendants on April 22, 2013 in Las Vegas
Sir Richard Branson with Virgin America flight attendants on April 22, 2013 in Las VegasPhotograph by Jeff R. Bottari/Getty Images

Flight attendants at Virgin America have voted to unionize after an earlier vote failed. The airline was the last major U.S. carrier without any collective bargaining arrangements, and the shift comes as Virgin America prepares to go public.

About 58 percent of Virgin America’s 850 flight attendants supported joining the Transport Workers Union, according to results (pdf) released Wednesday by the National Mediation Board, which oversaw the voting. A similar TWU vote failed in late 2011.