Archive for March 2014

Reflections On A Sea Of Blue by John Malmborg, NJASAP President

I spent much of Saturday reflecting on Friday’s tremendous display of labor solidarity. With almost 200 individual participants, Friday’s picketing event in front of NetJets’ headquarters was inspiring to say the least. The sight of 4 labor groups fully unified for a common purpose was awesome. More importantly it sends an unmistakeable message to the remainder of the workforce and the public…something is seriously wrong with this management team.  This was not a small group of malcontents. By number they represented nearly 7% of the total unionized workforce. By craft and class they were all represented proportionally. Some traveled great distances at their own expense to spend the day with their brothers and sisters. Others stepped out during lunch to join us, even if it was only for a few minutes. The range of emotion on display was as extreme as the range of workers. Many were excited and happy. Others appeared resigned  to the fact this is what their employment relationship has become. Emotions not withstanding, each one pulled on the rope together in a huge display of resolve that the company attempted to characterize to the Columbus Dispatch as theatrics. I doubt when they made those statements they had any idea how large the cast on that stage would be. In any case the show caused the North facing windows of Bridgeway to fill with onlookers clamoring for a view  of the stage across the street  leaving little doubt in my mind that everyone in that building left work that afternoon with the full understanding of the deepening divide between senior management and Labor of all crafts and classes.
This common bond is exactly why we formed the NetJets Union Coalition (NUC).  IBT local 284 President Paul Suffoletto and I have been discussing common interests for some time.
The formalization of this cooperative effort has come on the heels of a contentious winter for both of us. As we told Warren Buffet in a letter last week, neither of us seek labor unrest. In fact, we both want just the opposite. Sadly,  I don’t believe Jordan Hansel shares that view. Friday’s demonstration was a direct response to poor behavior by management and is only the first  of what will likely be a series of events tailored and timed to the events of the moment.
I couldn’t finish this post without recognizing everyone who took time to participate. All of the planning would have been for naught without your willingness to step up. In the end you are the Union and your participation is the only thing that matters. To those who served as Picket Captains or assisted in other ways during the event, thank you for volunteering your time. Finally, I could not end without saying a special thanks to Communications Director Elizabeth Lykins and Strategic Group Chair Pedro Leroux. Their tireless work made this all possible.
Stand Strong
Together We Rise
John Malmborg
NJASAP President

Introduction of Safety Committee

The Fight Attendant Safety Committee would like to introduce ourselves and make clear our intent and purpose.  The four of us are dedicated to finding resolution to safety concerns that affect all flight attendants.   Some areas of greatest concern for us are, but not limited to:

  • Duty and rest limitations (fatigue)
  • Exposure to unruly and threatening passengers
  • Unsafe hotels
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke and dangerous fumes
  • Clear-air turbulence (CAT)
  • Travel in dangerous weather conditions such as icy roads and thunderstorms

Did you know the Company has an obligation to inform flight attendants of exposure to job hazards and conditions identified by a recently passed law governed by OSHA? We will be following up on their directives and how they impact us.

We will be working closely with the FAEC, FANC, NJASAP (Pilots Group), IBT Leadership, and Labor Relations.

We now have an email distribution set up for the FA Safety Committee.  That email address is: FASC@netjetsflightattendants.com —- sending to this email address will effectively send the communication to all FASC members. 

All communications between a FA and the FASC will remain confidential to the distribution list and the FAEC.

Our efforts are for all of us, but we cannot work in a vacuum, and we, like all of our leadership, need your support and participation.  Please make sure you are registered to view the FA Message Board. This can be accessed via: http://netjetsflightattendants.com . You will need to register for access.  

We will we keep you informed of initiatives and progress and will look forward to your input and suggestions.

Your Flight Attendant Safety Committee:

Bill Brackney – Chair

Jerri Oler

Laurie Roberge

Wendi Walters

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COALITION TO HOST INFORMATIONAL PICKET

In light of senior management’s escalating attacks on organized labor and their unjustifiable bargaining positions, the NetJets Unions Coalition (NUC) will host its first event, focusing public attention on senior management’s assault on the wages, benefits and working conditions of unionized NetJets employees. An informational picket has been scheduled for Friday, March 28, 2014, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in front of the NetJets Corporate Offices. Additional details will be announced as event plans are finalized throughout the next 72 hours.

“The time to host a picket is right now,” NJASAP President John Malmborg said. “Senior managers have launched an attack on organized labor not only at the bargaining table, but also in its relationships – or profound lack thereof – with NJASAP and Local 284.” Added Teamsters Local 284 President Paul Suffoletto, “As an example, this management team has simply gone too far with their latest issue of ’Sink Rate,’ which tries but fails to divide our Coalition by spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt amid our ranks.”
The informational picket is the first of many events designed to advise the public of the rapidly deteriorating labor relations environment at NetJets. Every organized NetJets employee who can participate in the event is urged to do so. Those members who wear a uniform to work should do so for the picket. Although it is not required, we encourage you to RSVP for the event to assist us in making appropriate preparations.
Register here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nuc-informational-picket-tickets-10957804087
Feel free to send questions and/or comments to nuc@njasap.com.

A New Low Even For The New NetJets

Fellow Member,

Late last night, senior management released a “Special Issue” of Positive Rate, a propaganda publication affectionately referred to as “Sink Rate” by unionized employees because NetJets remarkably succeeds in lowering the bar with each new issue. The latest issue of Sink Rate was “special” in that it represents a new low even for the new NetJets. Here, senior management unabashedly tries to split our eight-day-old NetJets Unions Coalition (NUC) using tired, old “divide and conquer” language that we doubt they even take seriously. We, the unionized pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and related employees, stock clerks, maintenance controllers and dispatchers, will not be divided.

These attempts come on the heels of other desperate threats intended to intimidate you, making you fearful of engaging in lawful demonstrations like informational picketing and other activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the Railway Labor Act. Let’s be very clear: Senior management’s unprovoked attack on our contracts and labor organizations has united us like never before. The Coalition will not back down, and our members will not be intimidated by senior management’s ridiculous threats of legal action. To the contrary, we will publicize our labor dispute with NetJets to the fullest extent permitted by law in the manner of our choosing. If management wants to waste money on frivolous litigation designed to weaken our resolve even while crying poor at the negotiating table, we say, “Go for it.” It is going to take far more than that to defeat us. In fact, it will only make us more determined to win this fight.

 We will fight for your rights on the picket line, in the media and in court. We will inform the Company’s customers of senior management’s attack on our wages, benefits and working conditions and how it jeopardizes the excellent service we provide to them. And, we will truthfully publicize with increasing regularity and in a variety of ways how a once proud Company that thrived on the loyalty of its unionized employees has turned on the very people responsible for its survival and success in pursuit of unobtainable, greed-based concessions that threaten to provoke serious labor disputes.  

We have known for a long time this senior management group does not respect the intelligence of union members at NetJets. Why else would they try to persuade us to engage in interest-based bargaining while publicizing the so-called bargaining “pillars” that demand labor cost reductions, variable compensation schemes, control of your health insurance and retirement benefits and your right to support fellow employees who are on strike? Of course, these unjustifiable demands have been made against the back drop of increasing profitability and profit sharing checks for non-union employees. Unquestionably, they neither respect us nor do they believe we are sharp enough to see through the smoke and mirrors. In fact, senior management’s “Special Announcement” demonstrates outright contempt for unionized employees and their labor leaders.

Based on yesterday’s issue of Sink Rate, senior management has truly lowered the bar, and we expect the number of desperate and, quite frankly, ridiculous messages to increase. In fact, we have absolutely no expectation for that to change until senior management takes a long hard look in the mirror and realizes they are responsible for this mess and it is not going to get better – only worse – until they change course.  When they are ready to do so, they will have no choice but to turn to organized employees to help clean up the mess.

The NetJets Unions Coalition is resolute in its position, and we are in this for the long haul. Look for important updates from us in the very near future. 

In Solidarity and Unity,

 

John Malmborg                    Paul Suffoletto

NJASAP President              Teamsters Local   284 President

 

NUC Informational Picket Information & Registration

COALITION TO HOST INFORMATIONAL PICKET

In light of senior management’s escalating attacks on organized labor and their unjustifiable bargaining positions, the NetJets Unions Coalition (NUC) will host its first event, focusing public attention on senior management’s assault on the wages, benefits and working conditions of unionized NetJets employees. An informational picket has been scheduled for Friday, March 28, 2014, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in front of the NetJets Corporate Offices. Additional details will be announced as event plans are finalized throughout the next 72 hours.

“The time to host a picket is right now,” NJASAP President John Malmborg said. “Senior managers have launched an attack on organized labor not only at the bargaining table, but also in its relationships – or profound lack thereof – with NJASAP and Local 284.” Added Teamsters Local 284 President Paul Suffoletto, “As an example, this management team has simply gone too far with their latest issue of ‘Sink Rate,’ which tries but fails to divide our Coalition by spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt amid our ranks.”

The informational picket is the first of many events designed to advise the public of the rapidly deteriorating labor relations environment at NetJets. Every organized NetJets employee who can participate in the event is urged to do so. Those members who wear a uniform to work should do so for the picket. Although it is not required, we encourage you to RSVP for the event to assist us in making appropriate preparations.

Registration page:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nuc-informational-picket-tickets-10957804087

Feel free to send questions and/or comments to nuc@njasap.com.