NetJets workers appeal to Berkshire Hathaway to provide fair wages, limit subcontracting

NetJets aircraft technicians and related employees represented by the Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 284 are calling on the leaders of the company to stop denying workers pay increases and provide the job security that comes with a viable in-house maintenance system, Teamsters Local 284 said.

The NetJets workers sent a letter to Warren Buffett, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Hathaway, and Greg Abel, President, CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, expressing the urgent need to address their concerns. NetJets, a Columbus-based business jet operator, is owned by Buffett´s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A and BRK.B).

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Teamsters Airline Division, and Teamsters Local 284 represent mechanics, maintenance control, aircraft fuelers, aircraft cleaners and stock clerks.

A copy of the letter was also sent to Berkshire Hathaway board member and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the other Berkshire Hathaway board members, and Adam Johnson, CEO of NetJets, Inc.

In 2015, NetJets pilots picketed Abel´s office as part of their labor dispute. While NetJets mechanics, fuelers, cleaners and stock clerks have not received a raise since 2011, Fortune magazine reported that Abel received USD 17.5m in pay last year.

Contract negotiations resume on May 17 in Columbus.

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