IBT or NJASAP? NetJets Pilots To Choose Next Month

 - May 1, 2008, 11:28 AM

An agreement was recently reached between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), the latter of which seeks to break away from IBT Local 1108 to form an independent NetJets pilot union. The pact will “resolve the question of the NetJets preferred representative for collective bargaining by a secret ballot election conducted by a mutually acceptable third party.” Under the agreement, the vote will take place next month, and a simple majority will determine the winner–either the IBT Airline Division or the NJASAP. If the NetJets pilots choose to retain the IBT, then the NJASAP and its leadership “will discontinue its efforts to replace the IBT as the collective bargaining representative.” But if the NetJets pilots vote in favor of the NJASAP, then the IBT will relinquish representation rights to the independent group as of July 11. If that happens, there would be an “orderly transfer of executive board duties” to the Flight Options pilots, who in 2006 voted for representation under IBT Local 1108. The accord also calls on the parties “to explore the potential of a cooperative relationship” in the future.