The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 284 executive boards launched the NetJets Unions Coalition last week, citing “minimal progress and unjustifiable demands” during ongoing contract talks. NJASAP represents the more than 3,000 NetJets pilots, while Local 284 represents some 500 NetJets dispatchers, flight attendants, maintenance controllers, mechanics and stock clerks.
NJASAP and Teamsters leaders decided to develop the coalition concept because “senior NetJets managers made clear their intention to engage all four of its organized employees” in contract negotiations at the same time. “With the flight attendants headed to mediation and little progress being made with the remaining groups, the time to launch the coalition is now,” said Local 284 president Paul Suffoletto.
The coalition aims to promote solidarity among the unions and engage in mutual support and public demonstrations when their interests align. In fact, it will hold its first public demonstration tomorrow outside NetJets’ headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. NetJets’ pilots conducted a similar campaign during contract negotiations in 2005, targeting the Columbus headquarters, as well as Teterboro Airport and the annual meeting of NetJets parent company Berkshire Hathaway.
“We are disappointed that the union is engaging in tactics such as staging an information picket when there is work to be done at the bargaining table,” a NetJets spokesman told AIN.