NetJets Finalizes New Contracts With Pilots, FAs

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With last month's ratification by its pilots of a tentative labor agreement initially signed on Oct. 8, 2005, NetJets Aviation concluded contract negotiations with both its flight crews and cabin crews. The pilots' agreement, which the company says was endorsed by 84 percent of its cockpit crews, calls for improved wages, job security and increased productivity. Similarly, NetJets' new contract with its flight attendants includes a salary increase and payment of a bonus, recognizes flight attendant seniority, and includes enhanced grievance and arbitration provisions plus a comprehensive scope clause. "I am delighted that our pilots have endorsed this agreement so enthusiastically," said Bill Boisture, NetJets Aviation president, of the agreement with pilots. "It is a fair agreement, it recognizes the important role that our pilots play and positions the company to continue to lead the fractional jet industry in the future."

The pilots' contract, which went into effect on Nov. 21, 2005, becomes amendable in 2010. An overwhelming majority of flight attendants also voted to ratify their contract, which was reached Sept. 15 between NetJets and the flight attendants' union. The NetJets flight attendants are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters through the Airline Division, Local 284. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters through the Airline Division, Local 1108, represents the pilots. The company employs more than 2,000 pilots; the flight attendants' contract will cover about 140 flight attendants.