"We had 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. This statement is patently false. Our Union is a democracy. We hold elections that give every pilot on property the opportunity to seek elected office and to vote for the candidate of his or her choosing. The Woelke-led group has never sought office. They have never developed a platform on which to base their candidacy. They have never explained how, as elected officials, they would do things differently. Instead, they have taken an extreme position – one that is irresponsible, reckless and has long-term consequences for every Flight Options and Flexjet pilot. Their actions demonstrate a profound lack of understanding and appreciation for the decades of labor advocacy that binds the aviation community and the hard-fought contractual ground that has been won as direct a result. We must not fall prey to this short-sighted thinking that shows a blatant disregard for our best interests as well as those of our families. I urge you to very seriously consider this matter and reject the decertification.