Nearly 600 mechanics and related workers at Atlantic Southeast Airlines last month voted to join the Teamsters union by a 2-to-1 margin. The ASA workers became the first to win union representation under new rules instituted by the National Mediation Board this year. The new rules now allow a work group to unionize if a majority of those casting ballots vote in favor of union representation.
Teamsters for a Democratic Union
Three transportation organizations have announced the formation of a large aviation labor alliance to combine and coordinate lobbying efforts on airline safety and security. The American Aviation Labor Alliance (AALA) is a formal partnership of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The “Strong Union” leaders who helped NetJets pilots obtain an industry-leading contract three years ago resigned from the local representing the fractional pilots– IBT Local 1108–in mid-March in the wake of “a resurgent decertification movement” being led by a group called the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP).
A union organizing campaign is under way at fractional-aircraft provider Flight Options, according to Don Treichler of the International Brother of Teamsters (IBT) airline division, with an initial distribution of “representation” cards sent to pilots on along with an explanatory newsletter dated May 23. IBT followed up with a second newsletter dated June 12.
On October 29, more than four out of every five of the unionized pilots at fractional provider NetJets voted to reject a tentative agreement (TA) reached in late August (see AIN November, page 4), sending a strong message to their now former master executive council (MEC) members, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 284 and the company itself.