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
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
SOURCE Teamsters Local 1108