by B. N. Sullivan
The pilots at fractional jet operator Flight Options, LLC have ratified their first labor agreement. The ratification was announced on March 31, 2010 by the the pilots' union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division, Teamsters Local 1108. According to the Teamsters, 88% of the union’s membership voted in favor of ratification.
Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne said in statement to the press, "The new contract with Flight Options is the basis for a strong labor-management partnership between the Teamsters and Flight Options, LLC. A first contract that works for pilots and their families, as well as management and Flight Options customers, is a great achievement for the entire industry.”
The new agreement is the culmination of more than three years of negotiations between the Teamsters and Flight Options. According to the Teamsters, the new agreement provides for an immediate salary increase, longevity increases, additional paid time off, job security protections, an expansive basing system, and a grievance and arbitration process.
“This contract is the product of thousands of hours of work and a joint commitment to the success of our pilots and the company,” said Capt. Mat Slinghoff, President of Teamsters Local 1108. “The pilots I represent have achieved a milestone and they look forward to playing an active role in the company’s future success.”
A contract signing ceremony will take place in mid-April.