• Communications

    One Second After | Expect company contact during your rest period

    According to §28.5(A) of your current Union contract …

    A Pilot is not required to be contactable during a rest period. However, the Company may attempt to contact a Pilot during rest via (1) electronic brief or telephone that is part of any Company-issued communications device; or (2) by calling the Pilot at the hotel for the purpose of notifying him of a personal or family emergency ..." Read more ...

    One Second After | Fatigue protections disappear

    Your Union contract with the company protects pilots who must call off due to fatigue while on duty. §28: Hours of Service states … Read more ... 

    One Second After | You may lose your Retirement Match

    Without the collective bargaining agreement, your retirement benefits will have no contractual protections.. Management will have the right to reduce or eliminate matching contributions altogether, as they have done in the past. Read more ... 

    Communicatons (Cont.)

    Protect Your Pay Increase

    Management announced salary increases for International Red Label (“ILC”) pilots. ILC pilots deserve a raise, and so does every pilot represented by the Union. How do we guarantee that management won’t take it back or refuse to grant increases in the future? Read more ... 

    One Second After | Find a good lawyer …

    If your union is decertified, you will be financially responsible for defending any and all management violations of your so-called individual employment agreement. Management says arbitrators cannot reinstate you under these fake agreements, if you choose to appeal a decision, you are also on the hook for these costs. Read more ...

    MANAGEMENT MISCONDUCT | Another Manager Giving Us "The Finger"

    We recently shared a photo of Flexjet Vice President of Red Label Programs Rick Handschuch giving pilots who support their Union “the finger” as he posed in front of a pickup truck with pro-union messages and our logo. We blurred the faces of the other individuals in the photo.  Read more ...

    One Second After | Pilots will stop applying at Flexjet

    If Local 1108 is decertified, then Flexjet is no longer a career destination. How will management attract new talent? Unlike every other prominent air transportation provider in the U.S., all management can offer potential new hires is unenforceable promises as opposed to codified wage scales, memorialized benefits and established work rules. Read more ... 

    UNITY RALLY, DFW | The View of SWAPA VP Capt. Panebianco

    Fellow Pilots,

    Yesterday I received an email from Captain Mike Panebianco, Vice President of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association. Capt. Panebianco joined us at the Unity Rally in Dallas and continues to express the support of SWAPA as we unite against this attack on our profession. I invite you to read his views on the Unity Rally, safety and more. Read more ...

    A NEW LOW | More Proof that We need a Union

    A photo from the recent management sponsored anti-union meeting in Dallas is circulating among pilots who are eligible to vote in the election. The photo shows Flexjet Vice President of Red Label Programs Rick Handschuch with his middle finger up as he posed in front of a pickup truck with pro-union messages and our logo. Read more ...

    Communications (Cont.)

    Management Is Pocketing Your Longevity Bonus

    International Large Cabin Crews: Management is pocketing your longevity bonus - decertification means they get away with it. Read more ... 

    THE ROAD AHEAD | Mediation, Surveys & Meetings

    As we previously reported, your Union filed for contract mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB). The NMB assigned a mediator to our case and we expect the first session to begin in June. This is a major opportunity for all of us. With mediation on the horizon, we need information and input from every Flexjet and Flight Options pilot in order to maximize the benefits of this new and important stage of the negotiating process. Read more ...

    Happy Mother's Day from IBT Local 1108

    Happy Mother’s Day from Local 1108! We recognize the importance of celebrating Mother’s Day. That’s why we believe all Flexjet and Flight Options moms deserve  love, respect, appreciation and an industry-leading collective bargaining agreement. Read more ...

    VOTE WITH CONFIDENCE

    Vote with confidence, as your vote is entirely confidential and only the NMB will see it. Take the time to learn about your current job protections afforded by your Union to ensure you are making the right decision for you and your family. Read more ...

    FROM THE PRESIDENT | Unity Rally A Success

    Fellow Pilots,

    The Power In Unity Labor Rally held in Dallas this past Wednesday was a tremendous success – a true celebration of aviation and labor. The support and camaraderie in the room was very powerful.  One thing became quite clear—the pilots of Flexjet and Teamsters Local 1108 are part of a larger movement dedicated to advancing the interests of union members and our profession. Read more ...

    IN THE NEWS | NFL Players Association Supports Teamster Pilots at Flexjet

    From America’s NFL stadiums to the blue skies above, strong support for IBT Local 1108 and Flexjet pilots. Read more ...

    Communications (Cont.)

    NFLPA Supports Your Union

    When Flexjet released a video of Fran Tarkenton trash talking your Union, we contacted his former union, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), for support. We are pleased to inform you that the NFLPA issued a strong statement against decertification at Flexjet. Read more ...

    The Problem and the Solution

    The Problem and Solution: Excerpts from President Vojta's Letter to Chairman Ricci ... Read more ... 

    BTC Interviewed Flexjet Pilot and Local 1108 Business Agent

    Kevin Mitchell, Chairman of the Business Travel Coalition, Inc. (BTC), recently interviewed Flexjet pilot and Local 1108 Business Agent Laddie Hostalek. Read more ...

    PRESIDENT EFREM VOJTA | Letter In Response to Mr. Ricci

    Dear Mr. Ricci,

    In response to your letter of May 5, 2018, I remain available to meet with you, just as I indicated in my attached letters to you dated February 19, February 28 and March 7, 2018. Read more ...

    PILOT PERSPECTIVE | Why a union? Why the IBT1108?

    Fellow Pilots,

    I have written this opinion twice. It kept running to three pages, but It’s really not that complicated. I just received my ballot today. This vote is too important for me to remain silent. Read more ...

    One Second After | OneSky will lose Pilots

    Management continuously insists OneSky is growing, however, the number of pilots that have left the company since 2016 suggests otherwise ... Read more ... 

    Communications (cont.)

    SOLIDARITY | Letters of Support

    Fellow OneSky Pilots,

    As professional aviators, we make decisions in the cockpit that keep us as safe as possible in order to protect the well-being of our passengers, the public and our fellow crewmembers. The drive for survival while operating complex aircraft in some of the most hostile environments in the world is not only necessary, but instinctive. We carry those same traits and behaviors throughout our careers and into our homes.  Read more ... 

    NMB Schedules Contract Mediation

    UPDATE | 05.04.18

    National Mediation Board (NMB) Neutral Mediator James Mackenzie notified IBT Airline Division Director David Bourne and Flexjet/Flight Options CEO Michael Silvestro that the NMB has scheduled a contract mediation session ... Read more ...

    One Second After | You may be commuting to work.

    A CBA puts in place a list of domiciles and rules governing the same. Without a CBA, however, management determines which domiciles will remain open and which will be closed as well as the rules used to make those determinations. Read more ...

    PILOT PERSPECTIVE | The Truth: A History of Our Union

    To my Fellow Pilots,

    I am not a big poster on any message boards unless really moved to do so, either to correct facts or factual events which has happened. I believe the truth is always the simplest best policy and easy to remember. Please bear with me, this story is lengthy but may answer a lot of questions in many pilots’ minds and jog some memories of others. Read more ...

    One Second After | Your Last Duty Day? Maybe, maybe not

     You have crisscrossed the country and flown numerous rescue and pop-up trips while logging very long, arduous duty days. But now, you have reached the last day of your tour when you can look forward to going home to spend time with your family and friends, setting work aside for a few days. Well, maybe … Read more ...

    FROM THE PRESIDENT | Strength in Numbers and Unity

    Fellow OneSky Pilots,

    The voting process is underway and an unprecedented attempt to decertify our Union has begun, and I have some very encouraging news. Feedback in response to our communications, phone conversations, in-person meetings and interactions on the road indicates that the majority of the pilots will vote for the IBT Local 1108. Read more ...

    Communications (cont.)

    A LETTER FROM DIRECTOR DAVID BOURNE

    Fellow Pilots,

    My name is Captain David Bourne. I am the Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division. I am writing to you about the importance of the election at Flexjet from the perspective of a fellow professional pilot, union member and representative. Read more ...

    VIDEO | Texas Sized Consequences

     In the third and final video of the educations series, IBT Local 1108 and NJASAP volunteers discuss the decertification drive at OneSky and its implications for the aviation industry. Read more ...

    VOTE | FAQs

    Is my vote confidential?

    Yes. The National Mediation Board (NMB), a federal agency, conducts the vote. No one at the company or Union will know how you voted because all NMB voting is conducted by secret ballot. Read more ...

    Kenn Ricci Just Told Us Why We Need a Union

    Kenn Ricci Just Told Us Why We Need a Union –

    “Imagine if you wanted to have a very close relationship—say it was your kids or your wife,” he said. “Imagine if the only way you could talk to them was through an intermediary.” (Bloomberg, May 1, 2018). Read more ...

    VIDEO | Rumor Has It

    Continuing the conversation, IBT Local 1108 President Efrem Vojta and IBT Local 1108 Business Agent Laddie Hostalek sit down with NJASAP Travel Committee Chairman Michael Moon to dispel rumors regarding the Union and the upcoming decertification vote. Among other important highlights, the video examines the role Union volunteers play in unifying the pilot group and how Leadership intends to create additional opportunities for pilots to engage with their union. Read more ...

    VIDEO | Vote with Confidence

    Representatives from IBT Local 1108 and NJASAP sit down to discuss the upcoming decertification vote at OneSky. The consensus? Vote with confidence, as your vote is entirely confidential and only the NMB will see it. Take the time to learn about your current job protections afforded by the Union to ensure you are making the right decision for you and your family. Read more ...

    Communications (CONT.)

    One Second After | Job protections disappear

    Without a collective bargaining agreement, your job protections disappear. Without strong scope protections, a contract is not worth the paper on which it is written. Indeed, scope is the heart of a collective bargaining agreement because it protects the pilot group’s access to revenue flying. Read more ...

    One Second After | Is your pay and seniority safe?

    Without a legally binding contract to enforce your seniority rights and to protect your wages, management has the authority to make decisions based on its whim and personal biases. For proof, you need look no further than Kenn Ricci’s 2006 book, Management By Trust ... Read more ...

    NMB Assigns Mediator

    We are pleased to report that the National Mediation Board (“NMB”) has docketed our application for mediation. The NMB assigned Mediator Jim McKenzie to our negotiations. Read more ...

    INVITATION | Power In Unity Labor Rally

    Your pilot and labor peers will gather at The Ranch at Las Colinas on Wednesday, May 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for a POWER IN UNITY LABOR RALLY where you can expect enlightening conversation while enjoying an open bar and a variety of appetizers. Read more ...

    SOLIDARITY | A letter from ALPA President Canoll

    Fellow Pilots at Flight Options and Flexjet:

    As President of the 60,000 members of the Air Line Pilots Association Int’l (ALPA), I’m writing to encourage you to vote to remain unionized in the upcoming National Mediation Board (NMB) representation election. Read more ...

    Union Proposes Immediate Improvements

    Today your Union Negotiators proposed a revised Protocol Agreement for Expedited Negotiations Over an Industry-Leading Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new proposal would put us on a path to reach a new contract by the end of the year and includes the following immediate improvements ... Read more ...

    COMMUNICATIONS (CONT.)

    MEDIATION | Forging Ahead

    While management has, to date, rejected proposals seeking improvements in pay, benefits and work rules, Local 1108 Leadership and Negotiators remain fully committed to securing a significantly improved contract for the pilot group. To that end, the Union is taking the next procedural step in the Railway Labor Act-defined bargaining process by requesting the National Mediation Board (NMB) assign a mediator to assist both parties during the negotiation process. Read more ...

    One Second After | Arbitrary Termination

    One second after decertification, our job security will become the exclusive purview of management. Without the just cause provisions of a contract, we become subject to termination for any offense or circumstance – real or contrived. Read more ...

    AN ADMISSION

    The company admits it ... Yesterday, Executive Vice President of Operations Jason Weiss told us exactly why management supports decertification of our Union. In his letter, he wrote, “It has the potential to give us all an extraordinary advantage over our competitors …” Read more ...

    FROM THE PRESIDENT | Reckless & Irresponsible

    Fellow Pilots,

    We have no other option. This statement is one the group attempting to undermine our professional interests, subvert our seniority rights and deny us job protection language has made again and again as the basis for their campaign to decertify Teamsters Local 1108. Read more ...

    SOLIDARITY | A letter from APA President Carey

    To All Flight Options & Flexjet Pilots:

    On behalf of the 15,000 American Airlines pilots represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), I am writing to express our strong support for International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108 and the representation services it provides to the pilots of Flight Options and Flexjet. Read more ...

    PILOT PERSPECTIVE | Protect Your Future

    Dear fellow pilot,

    I joined fractional industry on May 11, 1998, when I accepted a position with Raytheon Travel Air (RTA). It was a very exciting time in fractional aviation. RTA was not even a year old when I was hired, and we all had the sense we were getting in on the ground floor of something with the potential to be spectacular. Read more ...

    COMMUNICATIONS (cont.)

    They Don't Get It | Pilot Unions Help One Another

    As word of the management-sponsored decertification campaign spreads, other pilot unions, including NJASAP, the NetJets pilot union, wasted no time in offering support to Local 1108. Predictably, management’s decertification group responded by trying to create a wedge between us and our NJASAP peers.decertification group responded by trying to create a wedge between us and our NJASAP peers. Read more ...

    SOLIDARITY | A letter from CAPA President Collins

    Fellow Professional Pilots,

    The Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) is a trade association comprised of over  30,000 professional airline pilots in the service of American Airlines, UPS Airlines, Horizon Air, ABX Air, Atlas Air, Allegiant Air, Cape Air, Miami Air, Omni Air, Silver Airways, Southern Air, and Republic Airline. Read more ...

    SOLIDARITY | A letter from SWAPA President Weaks

    To All Flight Options & Flexjet Pilots:

    On behalf of the 9,500 members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), the pilots of Southwest Airlines, I write to you today to express our unconditional support for International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108. Read more ...

    SOLIDARITY | A letter from NJASAP President Leroux

    Dear Fellow Pilot,

    I am writing to you today to offer a message of support and encouragement as you face one of the most pivotal moments in the history of your Union. Read more ...

    OPEN NOW | Local 1108 Virtual Union Hall

    Local 1108 wants to ensure every pilot has access to the information needed to make an informed decision. With this in mind, Union Leadership will allow all pilots access to the Local 1108 Virtual Union Hall (VUH). Read more ...

    An ATTACK on ONE is an ATTACK on ALL

    "When outsiders join forces to dismantle the labor organizations that exist to protect our aviation careers, fellow peers immediately rally to stop corporate-funded, anti-union networks from stealing our rights, eliminating our job security and impeding our professional interests …" Read more ...