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Virgin America to get first union
Virgin America to get first union

Virgin America Inc. flight attendants voted to establish the first union at the airline partly owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, ending Virgin's status as the largest U.S. carrier without organized labor. Collective bargaining with the Transport Workers Union raises the prospect of higher operating costs for the airline, which filed to go public last month. The carrier reported second-quarter net income of $37 million on Tuesday after posting its first annual profit in 2013. The vote to unionize Wednesday follows a decision in April by pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. to join the Air Line Pilots Assn., ending that carrier's status as the largest nonunion U.S. airline...

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