830 Flight Options Pilots File for Teamster Representation

Workers Seek Voice in Workplace Rules, Fair Treatment and Wages

Jan 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from Teamsters Local 1108

    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
 and Canada.

SOURCE Teamsters Local 1108