April 19, 2018
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.
If successful, the current campaign to decertify Local 1108 could have far-reaching implications for all professional pilots. In the early days of scheduled air service in the United States, our
predecessors concluded that they needed protections against predatory owners and managers, which gave rise to collective bargaining in the airline industry. While much has clearly changed during the past 80-plus years, the need for a robust safety culture remains the same. Many of the issues that demand our time and attention today – overly aggressive scheduling, pilot pushing, and other unsafe practices - closely resemble the problems that pilots were dealing with back in the 1930s.
Supporters of the decertification campaign against Local 1108 include some of our country's most notoriously anti-union organizations, including the Center for Independent Employees. Why are they involved? Because airline owners and managers don't like collective bargaining and the
limitations that it places upon them. Organizations like Local 1108 prevent operators from doing
whatever they want, whenever they want, and provide their members with valuable protections.
If successful, the decertification campaign can only accelerate the ever-present downward pressure on wages and benefits that we all face, and it will threaten the robust safety culture that we all depend on.
For the reasons I have outlined, I hope you will join me in concluding that the only correct answer here is to say “no thank you” to decertification. I believe you will be glad you did.
Thank you for considering my views.
Captain Daniel F. Carey