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amerijet1Wages Increases Highlight Four-Year Contract

By an overwhelming margin, Teamster pilots and professional flight engineers at Amerijet ratified a new contract with the airline. There are 85 members in the bargaining unit represented by Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.

The four-year agreement includes an initial increase in base wages for Captains and First Officers of more than 55 to 75 percent, with additional yearly wage increases. Seniority and sick leave improvements will take effect with the contract.

“This is a proud moment for these pilots,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “They’ve fought through lots of obstacles to achieve an agreement and will now have substantial improvements to their wages and working conditions. On behalf of Teamsters across the globe, we would like to congratulate them on signing off on a Teamster contract.”

“This is another big victory for our local union, the Teamsters Airline Division and the International,” said David Renshaw, a business agent at Local 769 and lead negotiator for the Amerijet negotiations. “But the biggest winners in this whole process are the pilots. Their wages are going way up and they have clarification on work rules as the result of this new contract. Special thanks to all of our pilots and professional flight engineers who volunteered their time to serve on the negotiating committee.”

The contract goes into effect on Dec. 19, 2016 and will expire on Dec. 18, 2020.

AmerijetInto the early hours of Friday morning, after nearly four years of bargaining and arbitration, the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Local 769 and the AmeriJet negotiating committee announced that an Agreement in Principle had been reached by all parties for a new collective bargaining agreement.

According to David Renshaw, Local 769 Business Agent for the Miami based carrier; significant gains over the previous collective bargaining agreement have been achieved.

“We anticipate having the final language and agreement ready in the near future for the membership to review and vote upon,” said Renshaw. “After years of arbitrations, lawsuits and the Company doing everything it could to refuse to honor the existing CBA, we are moving forward under the direction of the new ownership. With the willingness of their management team, we anticipate a better and more productive relationship to take place where labor is concerned.

A tremendous amount of credit belongs to Airline Division Director David Bourne, Assistant Division Director Steven Nagrotsky and Lead Attorney Nick Manicone, as we would not have been able to proceed to obtain this agreement without their outstanding leadership, unyielding efforts, guidance and their steadfast commitment to all Teamsters in the airline industry.

Furthermore, I would also like to thank the I.B.T Economics Department and the due diligence of our collective bargaining committee, as their tireless efforts are validated through a successful agreement having been reached by all parties,” he concluded.

Teamsters Win Court Decision Against AmeriJet

Posted September 22, 2016 By Local 769

amerijetUPDATE11th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Union

(WASHINGTON) – A three-judge panel for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Amerijet must follow a district court order to arbitrate labor disputes with Teamsters who are temporarily based in the Caribbean.

This decision is the latest in a series of legal wins for the Teamsters against Amerijet. The union originally sued Amerijet in April 2012 after the company began illegally terminating workers who were stationed overseas under false legal premises.

“This case was decided in less than a week and the court’s ruling was less than 50 words,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “It has been almost a year since the Supreme Court declined to take this baseless case. Enough is enough; this company needs to stop the games and get back to the table to work with the pilots.”

 

The case is International Brotherhood of Teamsters v. Amerijet International Inc., case number 15-15145, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Amerijet Pilots Reject Company “Offer”

Posted February 11, 2016 By Local 769

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After the management of Amerijet circumvented Federal law and attempted to negotiate directly with certain members of the pilot group instead of the union, the company and a handful of pilots pushed to have the Union put the Company’s proposal out for a vote. While the union believed it was under no legal obligation to do so, the Teamsters opted to do so to show the pilots’ resolve and lay that distraction to rest.

The result, announced on Friday, was another major defeat for the company and their union busting tactics. Almost 60% of pilots rejected the company offer of a substandard agreement. All eligible voters had the opportunity participate in this process supervised by Ballot Point, a third-party. The previous unsanctioned election conducted at the company’s urging in 2015 did not reflect all the pilots’ true intent.

In a message to the membership on Friday announcing the results, Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw outlined the process going forward when he said, “Teamsters Local No. 769 will contact the Company and the National Mediation Board to continue the negotiation/mediation process and obtain an agreement between the parties.  There is NO reason why our ongoing labor dispute needs to continue.   We could have this matter wrapped up in days if the company dealt with us in good faith. The Teamsters and our pilots are prepared to continue negotiations next week and we hope the company is too!”  Mr. Renshaw added that all pilots should contact company CEO Dave Basset, who has been prominent in the recent efforts to force a contract on pilots, to get his team back to work on an agreement immediately.

AmeriJet Crew Update

Posted November 4, 2015 By Local 769

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On Tuesday, November 3, 2015 the National Mediation process was scheduled to begin in Fort Lauderdale, FL at AmeriJet headquarters.

The following participants attended:

Eva J. Durham-Mediator-National Mediation Board

Anthony Tosi-Mediator-National Mediation Board

David Bourne-Director of Airline Division at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Steve Nagrotsky-Deputy Director of Airline Division at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

David Renshaw- Business Agent, Teamsters Local No. 769

Pilot and P.F.E. Bargaining Committee

Derry Huff-Amerijet

Isis Suria-Amerijet

Today, to our surprise, Amerijet filed a lawsuit with United States District Court-Southern District of Florida.  The lawsuit was filed against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  The lawsuit, in our opinion, is a frivolous lawsuit and we are currently reviewing it with the legal department at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  Let me be clear, your company, Amerijet, is the one who has processed this lawsuit and now that a lawsuit has been generated the National Mediation Board has no other option but to place the current mediation process on hold until said legal matters get resolved.  The lawsuit was filed because the company states that the pilot group held an internal VOTE! Each of you know of the individual(s) that were behind and involved in this “non” sanctioned vote and due to their irresponsible actions, they are now responsible for HOLDING up the process of obtaining a collective bargaining agreement in which would include an increase in wages and other additional enhancements.  We, the Union, were looking forward to a productive process. However, once again, your Company has expressed a continuous display of anti-labor relations, that are in place for the benefit of you and your families.

As stated before, do not sign any paper/document until your shop stewards and or Business Agent has an opportunity to review, as you can see a signature can have serious ramifications.

We have a crew conference call scheduled for:

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2015
Phone number: 1(857)232-0155
Conference Code:            252106


This recent action only confirms the importance of having a labor organization especially for an employer like Amerijet.  Their actions will only provide us with additional UNITY.

The following letter has been provided by the Teamsters Airline Division Director David P. Bourne and is in regards to the ongoing AmeriJet negotiations.

 

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AmeriJet Crew Update

Posted September 2, 2015 By Local 769

Teamsters Local 769-Supreme Court Update (9.1.15)

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As many of you are aware, we have had multiple grievances tied into our ongoing matters in the Federal Court of the United States, including but not limited to Port of Spain.  The position of the Union has been the same since day one and that is the following – “open grievance(s) should be heard in front of an arbitrator.”  We are proud to announce that Teamsters Local 769 has prevailed and we have recently received notice of said decision. “While there may be merit in AmeriJet’s argument”, the Court of Appeals decided that AmeriJet is making this argument in the wrong forum.  It is now the role of the arbitrator to determine whether those collective bargaining agreements apply to the aggrieved employees and whether those employees are entitled to relief on the merits of their claim.  As such, the Court grants the Teamster’s a motion to compel the arbitration of grievances in Counts II and III.  Our lawyers are currently in the process to begin scheduling the above mentioned open grievances, as we will keep you posted on the progress.

Below you will find the 2 page court ruling which you may view or download if your device is unable to display these documents.

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AmeriJet Negotiations Update

Posted August 4, 2015 By Local 769

AmerijetNegotiations: On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 your negotiating committee, along with Steve Nagrotsky, the I.B.T. Airline Division Deputy Director, met today with Amerijet at Amerijet headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Please read below for an update in regards to or current status:

Amerijet has provided Teamsters Local 769 with a counter proposal, in which Amerijet labeled their counter as a “Last and Best Final”.  Based off of their counter labeled as a “Last and Best Final” that has forced Teamsters Local 769, under the direction of International Brotherhood of Teamster Airline division to proceed to the next step and that is to file for mediation with the National Mediation Board. Currently, I.B.T. is assisting the Local to process the necessary documents to begin the process.  Below are some bullet points in regards to the process and steps.

  • Union files paperwork for Mediation with National Mediation Board (NMB)
  • NMB assigns a Mediator (government agent) to oversee the mediation process
  • Mediator sets location of meetings, dates of meetings and length of negotiation sessions
  • Mediator cannot force either side to agree to anything
  • Mediator tasked with facilitating both sides to come to an agreement on open items
  • Once all items are agreed to, end result voted on by membership
  • If there are still open items, Mediator decides when there is NO more movement from the parties
  • Once Mediator decides there is no more movement, the Mediator takes our case to the National Mediation Board members for review and request for release of the parties
  • There is a mandatory 30 day “cooling off” period
  • If we get a release from the Board, we can seek self help

Your negotiating committee, along with Captain David Bourne, I.B.T. Airline Division Director and Steve Nagrotsky, I.B.T. Deputy Director have reviewed the “last and best final” in full detail.  Under our I.B.T. constitutional bylaws, the director of the division has the authority to decide whether or not the last and best final gets voted on by the membership.  Based on the substandard inadequate language, the Company has proposed we could and will not endorse nor recommend this last and best final going up for vote.  A major open section is Amerijet’s position that the CBA is not applicable outside the USA (POS and POS like operations), that itself is something that we can NOT agree to.  Below is a list of some of the open items:

  • Foreign Bases
  • Successor/Merger Protection
  • Scope
  • New Aircraft/weight
  • Scheduling
  • Publishing RDO awards to all crewmembers
  • Protection from discipline during legal job actions
  • Temporary Domicile/Base Vacancies and per diem
  • Furlough and Displacement
  • 401-K
  • P.F.E.  CBA

Your committee notified the Company today, in person, that based off of their “last and best final”, Amerijet has left us no other choice but to file and proceed to NMB mediation.  “This notification could have been submitted by regular mail however, I feel strongly that this notification should be done in person.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw. ” I would like to add that your committee has worked countless hours in the hopes of obtaining an agreement that we can proudly put forth in front of you and your families and we will continue until we have reached that tentative agreement.  Your committee and I want to continue to negotiate with Amerijet in order to attain these goals.”

David continues, “Amerijet has come up considerably on the wages, (driven by airline industry standards), though the wages are very important, the above mentioned open sections have just as much bearing……..if not more. I will not allow this proposed substandard industry language to be bought and driven by wages only. I truly understand you folks would like details.  Now that we are at this stage, I will be able to provide the details that you are inquiring.  Now, the following will take place, multiple up and coming conference calls, along with multiple meetings in Dade and Broward.  I look forward to the above calls and especially the face to face meetings to meet you folks and to place the rumors to rest.”

11th Circuit Court (grievance updates):

Amerijet appealed a ruling issued by a three-judge panel (two of whom were 11th Circuit judges and one a trial court judge acting as an appellate judge by appointment on this and other cases heard in Miami in January 2015).  The judges unanimously ruled in favor of the Union on the issue of arbitration and advancing deadlocked grievances to arbitration.  Amerijet filed in one pleading two separate requests – a motion for reconsideration and a motion for “rehearing” “en banc.”  A motion for reconsideration is just that – asking the same judges to reconsider their ruling and reverse it.  A motion for rehearing “en banc” seeks a new oral argument in front of all of the 11th Circuit’s appellate judges and a vote by all of those judges on the case.  Both of those motions were denied by the 11th Circuit last week.

Now the 11th Circuit will issue a “mandate” – that means the decision is final, at which point in time the case goes back to the trial court judge for entry of an order that complies with the 11th Circuit’s ruling.  This may take many months.

Amerijet may also appeal to the Supreme Court.  It does so by filing a “petition for writ of certiorari.”  The Supreme Court has discretion over whether it will hear an appeal in most cases; it has the liberty to decide it will not hear a case on appeal.  “I cannot predict whether this case holds any appeal for any of the Supreme Court justices.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw.

Teamsters Local 769 will keep you up to date on all developments related to these or any issues concerning our Amerijet brothers and sisters. Keep checking back here or subscribe to our website to receive email updates the moment news breaks. You can also stay connected using any of our social media pages by clicking here.

Victory for Teamsters at AmeriJet

Posted April 3, 2015 By Local 769

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We are pleased to report that the federal 11th Circuit court of appeals issued a decision on our appeal yesterday and across the board ruled in our favor. The victory affects our Teamster brothers and sisters at Amerijet whose contractual rights are all the more secure now. The appellate court found that we have the right to grieve and arbitrate events that occur outside of the US and American airspace.  The court also ruled that we have the right to advance grievances to arbitration even if Amerijet complains about whether the grievances were timely filed or advanced through the steps of the grievance procedure. This is a terrific victory which reverses the district court’s October 17, 2012 ruling granting AmeriJet a “Motion to Dismiss”.

Teamsters Local 769 represents AmeriJet’s pilots and flight engineers and there are Collective Bargaining Agreements that represent each unit which will be bolstered by this ruling. Thanks for a great job by our friends at Sugarman & Susskind who helped win another one for the workers. Another reason collective bargaining works for America. Strong Teamster contracts hold up in court, providing solid workplace rights and job security.

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