Teamsters troubled by low pay for NetJets' mechanics, stalled negotiations

The Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 284 are concerned that NetJets management is ignoring a growing shortage of qualified aircraft mechanics to the detriment of customers, workers, and the business itself, the organization said.

NetJets mechanics and other safety employees have not received a pay increase for more than five years. The company and the union have been in contract negotiations for nearly six years. The union blames management´s outsourcing philosophy and low-pay proposals for the delay.

NetJets Aviation, Inc. and NetJets Sales, Inc. only employ 111 aircraft mechanics to work on its fleet of approximately 400 aircraft. Other major airlines employ up to 10 mechanics for every one aircraft.

In contract negotiations, management continues to reject union proposals that would result in the assignment of more critical maintenance functions to mechanics, as well as measures that would support workers employed by NetJets. NetJets mechanics say that they sit idle while individuals who work for third parties perform maintenance procedures on customer aircraft–sometimes at the very same location where skilled NetJets technicians are located.

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

Columbus-based NetJets is a business jet operator owned by Berkshire Hathaway.

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