Union: Pilots Fired for Traffic Violations

 - May 31, 2007, 11:30 AM

The Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 1108, which represents pilots for fractional provider Flight Options, claimed last month that some pilots were fired for their inability to receive Canpass authorization. According to the union, Flight Options management recently fired or otherwise forced out about half a dozen pilots over what
it said amounted to simple traffic violations.

Canpass eligibility, which allows a foreign aircraft to enter Canada with fewer restrictions if the crew and passengers are pre-qualified, “is required of our pilots to provide the highest level of service and efficiency to our customers,” a Flight Options spokesman told AIN. The union told AIN it offered management a simple workaround that would have allowed the fractional provider to offer the same level of service but was turned down. According to the union, management instituted the requirement as a form of leverage, as the two sides are engaged in a contract negotiation. Flight Options declined to comment on the alleged firings or the contract negotiations.