Sat, Aug 20, 2011
Teamsters Airline Division Director David Bourne Says Pilots
Have Done "What Is Best For Them"
In a statement following the rejection of union representation
by JetBlue pilots, David Bourne, Teamsters Airline Division
Director, said the division respects the efforts of the pilots of
JetBlue as they have undertaken this uniquely personal process to
determine what is best for them at this time.
"The Teamsters Union knows that JetBlue is a special brand of
airline in this industry with a unique pilot group," Bourne said in
a statement. "We understand that JetBlue Pilots are looking for
unique solutions, and are not interested in going down the old road
from which many have come so far and paid so dearly and are looking
for a new road to travel, just as their airline did over 12 years
"JetBlue has an individual culture in this industry. The
preservation of that culture is paramount to ensuring the success
of JetBlue in the future. The Teamsters Airline Division extends
its support as the JetBlue pilots move forward."
Bourne left the door open for future efforts at organization.
"Should the JetBlue pilots group ever have concerns and seek
advice, they should be assured that the Teamsters Airline Division
will always be available and ready to serve the JetBlue pilots
through affiliation including the Teamsters Union's membership with
CAPA, with services agreements (insurance, legal protection, safety
etc.), or by the establishment of a unique JetBlue local counsel to
run independently within the Teamsters Airline Division," he said
in the statement. "We stand ready to assist in whatever way we can.
Together airline labor will succeed."
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