(WASHINGTON) – The National Mediation Board (NMB) has determined single carrier status for Flight Options, LLC, and Flexjet, LLC, after the Teamsters Union asserted that the two fractional carriers constitute a single transportation system.
In its Sept. 30 decision, the NMB determined that Flight Options and Flexjet, wholly owned subsidiaries of OneSky Flight, LLC, are operating as a single transportation system for representation purposes under the Railway Labor Act.
“We are pleased with the NMB’s determination and believe it will give these two carriers the ability to grow and prosper as a larger unified company,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.
The Teamsters Union is the certified representative for approximately 380 Flight Options pilots who operate luxury business jets for wealthy customers. The approximately 310 pilots with Flexjet are currently organizing with the Teamsters. A representation election at the combined carrier is expected to take place before the end of the year.
In August, an arbitrator found that Flexjet violated federal labor law when it terminated three of its pilots for helping to organize other Flexjet pilots, a protected union activity. The arbitrator ordered all three back to work and provided for damages. The pilots have returned to their positions.
Flight Options was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Cleveland. Flexjet has operations in Dallas and Cleveland.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including over 80,000 workers in the aviation industry. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.