A tear for Big Labor

Virgin America on Wednesday called its flight attendants’ drive to join a union detrimental and said it expects the effort to fail like a similar vote two years ago.

The Burlingame, California-based airline’s flight attendants petitioned on Tuesday for a vote on whether to be represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a move that, if successful, would leave no non-union airline in the U.S. industry.

Since launching in 2007, Virgin America has focused on “making flying good again,” and “a third party like the TWU would only detract from that,” spokeswoman Jennifer Thomas said.

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of flying Virgin America, it is one of the more remarkably pleasant travel experiences in America these days. The crews are nice, professional and manage to do all of the legally mandated garbage other crews have to without making them tedious.

It’s remarkable how things change when people have to perform better to hang onto their jobs.