Federal judge finds Flexjet, Flight Options failed to bargain in good faith with pilots

A federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has ordered Flexjet and Flight Options to bargain in good faith with more than 600 Teamster pilots, after the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Airline Division, and Local 1108 won a motion for injunctive relief against the merged carriers, the union said.

The judge´s order is a victory for the pilots who have been fighting for their federally protected rights to negotiate a contract in good faith with the carrier.

The court decision finds the company liable for reneging on a Voluntary Separation Package for pilots that was advanced by the union. The decision also said Flight Options/Flexjet did not negotiate in good faith for a joint collective bargaining agreement covering the merged carriers, and it ordered the company to do so.

The Teamsters Union filed the motion for contempt and injunctive relief after Flexjet and Flight Options failed to comply with a May 2016 court order requiring it to negotiate in good faith.

Flexjet and Flight Options, luxury business jet carriers that serve the wealthy and large corporations, operate under the umbrella of aviation parent company One Sky Flight, LLC.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.