Teamster Mechanics and Related Workers Ratify Contract With NetJets

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mechanics, aircraft fuelers, cleaners and stock clerks overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year contract with NetJets, Inc. that strengthens wages, job security and provides significant signing bonuses. Represented by Teamsters Local 284 in Columbus, the 143 employees had been in contract negotiations with the company since January 2005.

"The Teamsters have secured another industry leading contract at NetJets," said Allen Price, Local 284 President. "Too many employees in aviation are being forced to accept wage cuts, high co-pays on insurance and a reduction in the number of good jobs. At NetJets, Teamsters are making real gains despite the negative trends elsewhere."

Ratified by a 94-30 tally, the contract increases job security by reducing maintenance operations performed by non-unionized workers and provides for an increase in the number of unionized mechanics. Health, dental and vision insurance coverage are also guaranteed, at no cost to the employees through 2008 and with protections against rising insurance premium contributions in future years.

The agreement also secures annual wage increases and seniority-based signing bonuses of up to $10,000 per employee. The "all in" rate for a ten-year mechanic exceeds $35.00 per hour.

During negotiations, NetJets employees picketed the company's headquarters and trade shows to draw attention to their contract negotiations. Job security and health insurance benefits were at the center of the dispute. The workers were supported by NetJets pilots, members of Teamsters Local 1108 in Gahanna, Ohio, and flight attendants, Local 284 members.

"The labor contract the Teamsters secured at NetJets proves a company can dominate its market and provide fair wages, benefits and job security at the same time," Price said.

SOURCE Teamsters Local 284

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