Fellow Local 284 Members,
On Monday, June 8, I met Chairman and CEO Adam Johnson and President Bill Noe. I am pleased to report that my first meeting with NetJets senior management in the post-Hansell era was positive and productive. It can’t be the last meeting. The relationship between NetJets and its employee unions has been at an all time low. It will take more meetings, hard work, cooperation and results to get things back on the right track.
During our meeting we discussed and agreed to the following:
- As part of an effort to reestablish trust and demonstrate respect for the decisions of NetJets employees who have chosen union representation, Adam Johnson and Bill Noe will meet personally with elected leaders, IBT representatives and negotiating committee members.
- NetJets agreed to increase the pace and frequency of bargaining sessions for the purpose of reaching tentative agreements within 3 to 4 months, if not sooner, on contracts for all Teamsters represented groups. We have big issues to resolve at the bargaining table. However, there is no reason these negotiations should continue to drag on. Senior management agreed the time to reach agreements is now.
- Senior management recommitted NetJets to progressive discipline and serious dialogue with the Union about the appropriate level of discipline. I made it clear that what members perceived as management-by-fear tactics have demoralized the workforce and must change if we are to move forward in partnership.
- The Company will meet and discuss Dispatcher, Mechanic, Maintenance Controller and Flight Attendant safety issues in an environment where we can speak freely and respectfully with one another without fear of retaliation or discrimination.
- Teamsters represented employees in all crafts are a valuable asset to the Company, not enemies to be defeated. Restoring the mutual respect and trust that once existed is urgent and top priority. This will take place through contract negotiations, day-to-day labor relations, joint projects and management initiatives.
Like all of you, I will judge progress based on actions rather than words. The meeting with senior management was a positive first step in the right direction. Now we must execute and ensure accountability. I will keep you posted of all developments.
As I’ve previously mentioned, there is a lot of work to be done in a short period of time. Your executive council, negotiating committees and stewards must take on even more responsibilities in order for us to achieve our goals. With your support and active involvement in the Union, we will achieve the contracts we deserve and in the process restore the trust that once existed at NetJets.