Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Teamsters Eye Tulsa Air Charter

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Teamsters Eye Tulsa Air Charter

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A Teamsters local in Houston has filed a dispute to organize Tulsa-based Omni Air International cockpit crewmembers.

Last week the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 747 filed an "application for investigation of representation dispute" with the National Mediation Board.

Operator of international and domestic charter passenger flights, the Teamsters estimated Omni employs 266 flight deck crewmembers to operate its fleet of DC-10-30ER and Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

"Their wages, working conditions and benefits are among the worst in the airline industry," said E.E. "Gene" Sowell, president of Teamsters 747.

Omni officials could not be reached for comment.

Sowell said the union hopes to mount a membership campaign in the near future.

The NMB representational process could take up to three months before a union vote is held.

Officials said the organization drive has been ongoing for about one year.

Founded in 1983, Omni provides on-demand charter and air ambulance services. …

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