Teamster flight dispatchers, NetJets reach tentative agreement

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Airline Division and Local 284 have reached a tentative agreement with NetJets on a five-year contract for approximately 50 flight dispatchers at NetJets, the teamsters said.

The agreement reached on May 5 is the first union agreement for the NetJets dispatchers. The average first year wage increase is 18.5 percent. The contract prohibits displacement or removal from a dispatcher position, furlough or remaining on furlough as a result of implementation of new technology or changes to existing technology.

In addition to average signing bonuses in excess of USD11,000, the contract prohibits management from increasing out of pocket expenses related to the dispatchers´ health insurance benefits.

The new collective bargaining agreement ends at-will employment and replaces it with just cause protections, access to stewards and other union representatives on the job. It also includes protections against subcontracting or assigning work to employees who are not covered by the contract.

The contract will be prepared for member review and voting dates will be announced soon.

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