May 11, 2018
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. Regardless of the logo embroidered on our respective shirts, our union pilot peers genuinely care about and support us, and one another, today and well into the future.
We shared our perspectives and experiences regarding the importance of strong pilot unions, company mergers, contract negotiations and contract enforcement. I’m convinced that when we work in unity at our own carriers and across the industry, we are a powerful force capable of defending and advancing the interests of all pilots. I wish each of you could have been there with us. For those who attended the rally, please accept my sincere appreciation. Additionally, it is my pleasure to recognize our honored guests, including:
Johnathan Benton, APA Government Affairs Chairman (American Airlines)
Eric Ferguson, APA Negotiating Chair (American Airlines)
Mike Panebianco, SWAPA Executive Vice President
Seth Kornblum, SWAPA MDW Chair
Greg Jones, SWAPA Outreach Member
Ben Huston, SWAPA Contract Administration Chair
Jody Reven, SWAPA Negotiating Committee Member
Amy Robinson, SWAPA Communications Manager
Helen Yu, SWAPA General Counsel
Sean Hamilton, ALPA Member (Envoy Airlines)
Jacob Peacock, ALPA Member (Envoy Airlines)
Coley George, NJASAP Industry Affairs Program Chairman
Elizabeth Lykins, NJASAP Executive Director
This road before us is definitely well-travelled, and our fellow pilot unions and their members stand with us in solidarity. They wish us nothing but the best and I know that all of us are ready to support them, too. However, to take advantage of this collective knowledge and support, we must first vote to keep our Union at Flexjet and Flight Options. Your vote is confidential; balloting ends May 30 at 1400ET.
VOTE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS – AIRLINE DIVISION
Capt. Efrem Vojta
IBT Local 1108
Please enjoy photos from the Power In Unity Labor Rally below ...