Teamsters Local 1108, in Richmond Heights, Ohio said that pilots at luxury on-demand air travel companies Flexjet and Flight Options have voted to join the union.
On Sept. 30, 2015, the NMB determined that Flexjet and Flight Options, wholly owned subsidiaries of OneSky Flight, LLC, are operating as a single transportation system for representation purposes under the Railway Labor Act. This ruling paved the way for a Teamster-represented Flight Options group of pilots to vote with a fellow group of Flexjet pilots to be represented as one class.
Prompted by the merger of these two companies into a single subsidiary group, the vote was a referendum on the treatment of the pilots in the workplace. In August, an arbitrator found that Flexjet violated federal law when it terminated three pilots for helping to organize other pilots, a union activity protected by federal law. The pilots returned to their jobs after an arbitrator ruled that they were wrongfully terminated and awarded them damages.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including over 80,000 workers in the aviation industry.