After another flagrant violation of the RLA by management; offering a Voluntary Separation Program (“VSP”) to Flight Options pilots, including furloughed pilots “without the participation or consent” of the Union that pilots elected; on Friday the IBT filed a Motion for Temporary and Preliminary Injunctive Relief in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.
Week In Review
The UAL Negotiating Committee met in Houston this week to complete the process of vetting United’s final offer. Various subcommittees worked through the previous week on individual articles and LoA’s, comparing the UA offer to previously TA’d articles, items agreed to in principal, and items not discussed/agreed to in an effort to gain a complete understanding of exactly what United has proposed.
On October 20th, U.S. District Judge Frederico Moreno issued a ruling denying the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Amerijet management, compelling them to proceed with arbitration with their pilots and flight engineers. In a short, single page ruling, Judge Moreno determined that the motion filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was in accordance with the Court of Appeals order in the matter.
In a ruling issued on September 30th, the National Mediation Board has determined that a single carrier status exists for Flight Options, LLC and Flexjet, LLC. The Teamsters Union had asserted in a filing with the NMB that Flight Options and Flexjet, wholly owned subsidiaries of OneSky Flight, Inc., are operating as a single transportation system for representation purposes under the Railway Labor Act.