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NJASAP: Buffett's NetJets Sued For Unlawful Union Busting

Company Openly Mocks Working People In Internet Posts

In an amended complaint filed today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), a labor Union representing approximately 2,700 pilots employed by NetJets, Inc., accused the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A and BRK.B) subsidiary of engaging in an unlawful campaign to intimidate pilots and ultimately destroy the Union through a wide variety of anti-union activities. NetJets provides business and leisure travel on private luxury business jets to its wealthy customers.

"NetJets's union-busting conduct is straight out of the gutter," NJASAP President Pedro Leroux said. "Our lawsuit accuses management of not only attacking its own pilot force, but also mocking working people who lost their jobs at other companies and ridiculing honest, hard-working people in the service and construction industries who have done absolutely nothing to deserve this abuse."

The Union originally sued NetJets in December over alleged violations of the federal Railway Labor Act and the Stored Communications Act. The former statute governs labor relations in the air and railroad industries while the latter imposes civil and criminal penalties for Internet privacy violations. The lawsuit accuses the Columbus-based Berkshire Hathaway company of unlawfully obtaining Union members' private communications, conducting surveillance of legally protected Union activities, threatening to blacklist Union supporters and unlawfully retaliating against Union members as part of a campaign to cripple NJASAP.

The amended complaint now alleges NetJets further threatened pilots by repeatedly referring to thousands of job losses at Hostess Brands, Inc., after the iconic producer of snack cakes went bankrupt in 2012, implying that the same fate awaited them. The company went so far as to hang Hostess Twinkie snack cakes on the walls of its corporate offices.

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