Pilots Give Teamsters the Boot

I’ll say this. The Teamsters building in Washington DC is one of the nicest in downtown. I once went to a very pleasant cocktail party there.

(From The Washington Free Beacon)

“This is a historic moment not only for our company but also for the industry as a whole, since no other pilot group has elected to remove representation by organized labor,” Ricci said in a statement. “While this underscores the dissatisfaction our pilots felt with the union, it is more importantly a testament to the trust our pilots have in this Company and our leadership team, and a rejection of the tactics of fear and intimidation that the Teamsters used during this vote.”

More than two-thirds of pilots voted against maintaining ties to the unions. The vote followed a 28-day election period that saw nearly unanimous participation from workers. Of the 551 eligible voters, 541 cast ballots; 318 voted against the union while 220 wanted to maintain exclusive representation with the Teamsters. Local 1108 has accused the company and broader airline industry of union busting and “stealing our rights.”

“The contractual protections and benefits we enjoy today, and the right to negotiate improvements as a unified group, will vanish within one second of the vote’s certification with no guarantee that the damage can ever be undone,” the union said on its website. “No pilot group should give up their greatest leverage.”

Local 1108, which did not return request for comment, took a more conciliatory stance following the results thanking “all pilots who voted for representation. And we thank all of our volunteers and the other labor organizations, especially our IBT Airline Division, for the support we received.”

Ricci said eliminating union representation will allow workers to deal directly with the company on employment matters. The company said it plans to hire 100 new workers in the wake of the vote and plans to implement pay and benefit hikes on June 1.

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