NetJets Pilots Show Solidarity
According to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing NetJets pilots, 93 percent of voting members have authorized a strike, should the National Mediation Board (NMB) release the group for self help. At present, the NMB has put contract negotiations between the NetJets’ pilots and management on hold, though the two groups are engaged in non-mediated bargaining sessions. According to a union spokeswoman, the two sides are making progress, though they have not yet addressed the main issues of pay and scheduling. Adding to NetJets’ labor woes, the fractional provider’s unionized flight attendants have called for an NMB mediator to enter its ongoing contract negotiations, a sign that indicates the two sides are not seeing eye-to-eye.