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    An attack on our industry. Union busting at Flexjet

    I know that know-one on this forum has a dog in this hunt. But this is an attack on our industry. If a union can be decertified at Flexjet, who's next?

    Decert Group Linked To Third Party

    Frank Woelke, the Flexjet pilot who filed for the decertification election, failed to disclose the role of a heavily-funded, union-busting organization in his campaign. The names Russ Baker and James F. Edwards appear on the election papers Woelke filed with the National Mediation Board. You can view the attached NMB document. What he didn’t tell you is that Baker and Edwards are officers of an organization that calls itself the “Center for Independent Employees” (CIE). This is a serious breach of trust.

    CIE claims to provide “free legal services” and “educational materials” to employees who want to eliminate unions. That means they provide professional union-busting services. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, CIE files a 990 Form with the IRS. The form is available for public inspection. According to the 2016 filing, CIE received $928,878.00 in contributions and grants from outside sources. The sources of the money are not identified in the IRS filing nor has CIE made them public. The names of Baker and Edwards are listed on the form. You can view the attached 990.

    Based on information we have uncovered so far, CIE may have received funding from Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund. These two organizations are connected to a nation-wide, corporate funded, anti-union network. CIE is also affiliated with the State Policy Network (SPN). SPN is closely connected with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that seeks to dismantle a wide range of laws and regulations that protect workers and consumers. According to Baker’s LinkedIn profile, he also runs RWP Labor LLC, a for-profit union-busting group. Edwards’ profile states that he worked as a partner in a number of firms that represent employers against employees and unions on labor relations matters, including two years (1978-80) at the Ogletree law firm, which now represents OneSky in contract negotiations against you and our Union.

    There is no such thing as “free” union-busting services. Someone always pays the bill. Who is paying for the effort to destroy our Union at OneSky? There is only way to find out.

    For starters, Woelke must immediately disclose to all OneSky pilots, regardless of whether they support or oppose decertification, the sources of all of money taken in by CIE, including the names of the employers, individuals, corporations, industry groups, funds, trusts and other entities that have provided financial support to CIE.

    It is clear that these forces view decertification at OneSky as part of a larger effort to destroy unions in the United States. In short, they are using us to further their own agenda. If CIE and their anti-union allies succeed here, they will no doubt use it as a basis to attack other pilot unions, and that should concern all professional pilots. Make no mistake about it – we can defeat them if we vote for our Union in the election, and then focus all of our attention on working together as professional pilots to obtain the CBA we deserve. We will keep you informed of all developments.

    Fraternally,

    Local 1108 Executive Board

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    ChicLittleA.jpgNow who's acting like "Chicken Little"?

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    LUMPSUM..Is that what 2NN promised you to spew his Bullsh!t ? seems a fitting name

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpsum View Post
    ChicLittleA.jpgNow who's acting like "Chicken Little"?
    Lumpsum, as in, he gets a huge lump sum from Kenn Ricci if the decert drive succeeds.

    Probably not even a pilot ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dooker View Post
    Lumpsum, as in, he gets a huge lump sum from Kenn Ricci if the decert drive succeeds.

    Probably not even a pilot ...
    Trump voter

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    Unfortunately, Lumpsum just got paid. 318 morons over at Flex. I sincerely hope they all plan to stay there because I never want to share a cockpit with the likes of them.

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    To all reading this thread, the vast majority of our pilots have spoken and voted to decertify this union for good reason. We are sorry that a few vocal angry pilots posted this in your forum. There is way more to the story of why this union was voted out.

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    Unfortunately, in voting out the Union, This place no longer is a career destination for many. We have 18 year Captains making a base pay of 113,500 and they are working an 8 on/7 off schedule. Certainly not my expectation ( or what I was lead to believe) when I came here.

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    This shouldn’t be in the majors forums

    floptions is just a knat on a horses ass compared to a major airline

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