NetJets, Maintenance Workers Ink New Labor Agreement

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NetJets Aviation (NJA) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) earlier this month signed a new five-year labor agreement, implementing a pact overwhelmingly accepted by the fractional operator's maintenance workers late last year. According to the company, the new contract calls for enhanced pay and benefits and an increase in its maintenance workforce at its Columbus, Ohio, operations base over the agreement's life. Additionally, the contract establishes a "labor partnership" to which both sides say they are committed in support of NetJets' service commitment to owners. The contract went into effect Jan. 4, 2007, and becomes amendable in January 2012. Present at the contract's signing, which took place at a NetJets facility in Columbus, were NetJets Aviation Chairman Richard Santulli, NetJets Aviation Vice President of Labor and Employee Services Rose Doria, IBT Associate Director of Airline Division Mark Luthi and IBT Local 284 President Allen Price. The new contract is in addition to recent labor agreements with the operator's pilots and flight attendants.

NetJets' Richard Santulli said, "This agreement reflects NetJets’ commitment to the highest standards of flight safety and maintenance and the vital role of NetJets' maintenance workers in upholding these standards. With these three agreements in place, we look forward to a collaborative and harmonious labor environment that will enable us all to look to the future and experience continued growth."