WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 830 pilots from Raytheon- owned business jet operator Flight Options filed for Teamster representation today at the National Mediation Board, taking the first step toward securing a voice at the Cleveland, Ohio-based company. The pilots' concerns include securing a contract with wages, benefits and working conditions comparable to industry standards, along with enhancements to existing job security and workers protections. "These are some of the best pilots in the industry and they deserve nothing less than industry standards," said Bill Olsen, President of Teamsters Local 1108 in Columbus, Ohio. "They deserve a strong voice in their workplace that will represent their collective interests regarding their working conditions and quality of life." Flight Options is one of the largest fractional jet-ownership airlines in the U.S. The company's pilots are based across the country and operate one of the largest business aircraft fleets in world, flying some of the world's wealthiest and well known individuals in corporate America, sports, and entertainment. Local 1108 is comprised of approximately 2,400 pilots for NetJets Inc., the country's largest fractional jet-ownership airline. In November, the NetJets pilots overwhelmingly ratified an industry-setting contract, which secured, on average, a 40 to 60 percent increase in pay based on years of service and equipment operated, as well as quality of life improvements. "With Local 1108's agreement, a better future for the pilots and families is assured," said Don Treichler, Teamsters Airline Division Director. "Pilots at Flight Options deserve the same." Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States and Canada.
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