Negotiations Fail For CitationAir Pilots
By Steve Hall
March 3, 2012 - Teamsters Local Union 1108 announced
that it has terminated negotiations to obtain a Furlough
Letter of Agreement for its members who are pilots
employed by CitationAir, the Greenwich, Connecticut
based provider of luxury business jet fractional
ownership, jet-card and aircraft management services.
Negotiations to reach agreement commenced earlier in
February when management announced the company was
exiting the fractional ownership segment of its business
and would lay off pilots beginning in late March of this
CitationAir employs about 370 pilots and is wholly owned
by Cessna Aircraft Company, which itself is wholly owned
by Textron, Inc., a government defense contractor. The
pilots voted to join the Teamsters last summer, even
though management mounted an intense anti-union campaign
against them doing so.
parties met at CitationAir corporate headquarters during the
second week of February and continuously exchanged proposals
throughout the month. Management steadfastly resisted adopting
industry-standard furlough and recall provisions as they
prepared to lay off a large portion of their pilot workforce
between now and the end of the year.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters stands firmly behind the
CitationAir pilots,? said Capt. Dave Bourne, Teamsters Airline
Division Director. ?It is unfortunate management intends to end
the employment of these dedicated flight crewmembers without
providing the same protections and benefits available to their
peers at CitationAir?s major competitors.?
hoped our relationship with management was steadily improving,?
said Capt. Mat Slinghoff, President of Teamsters Local 1108.
?However, management?s final take-it or leave-it proposal
demonstrated a lack of respect for the pilots at CitationAir?both
those who will be leaving and those who will remain.?
CitationAir by Cessna, founded in 2000 as CitationShares, is a subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft Company that provides private aviation services. It offers services in fractional jet ownership, jet card membership, corporate solutions and whole aircraft management.
CitationAir is one of the four major players in the private
aviation market. It is a seven-time winner of Best of the Best
awards from the Robb Report, most recently in 2009. In 2009, the
company rebranded itself as CitationAir, changed its business
model, and streamlined the product names it offers.
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