Flight attendants for JetBlue are taking their first steps to unionize Wednesday.
They will be filing paperwork in Washington to join Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America.
TWU spokesperson Pete Donahue said about 2,200 Jet Blue employees live in and around the city.
They said they hope the move will help them get better pay and working conditions.
"This is the biggest and most important organizing drive in the airline industry in decades," TWU President John Samuelsen said in a statement. "Increasing numbers of workers are realizing that they have to unite against the right-wing politicians and the greedy multi-billion-dollar corporations. Both groups are far more interested in corporate profits than the wellbeing of everyday working Americans. It's an outrage."
"We are aware that TWU has filed for an election to represent JetBlue's inflight crewmembers. JetBlue has a long track record of caring for our crewmembers and was named a top 20 best employer in America by Forbes magazine in 2017. We respect our crewmembers' right to consider a third-party proposal, and look forward to a conversation about how our direct relationship allows us to be the most responsive to the needs of our crewmembers," JetBlue said in a statement.