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On behalf of the 2,400-plus pilots who belong to the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), we write to express our adamant opposition to Senate Bill 61 – the so-called right to work bill currently being considered in the state legislature. While some elected leaders claim the legislation will benefit people in the Granite State, the reality is that it would result in lower wages for workers, harm our communities and adversely impact our industry.
Unionization has very real implications for safety in the workplace and community. Simply stated, union jobsites are safer: In right-to-work states, the rate of injury, from the very minor to the fatal are significantly higher.
Writing from the standpoint of an aviation labor union leader, I can attest to the consequential role collective activity plays in keeping NJASAP pilots and the flying public safe. Our union’s collective bargaining agreement features some of the most progressive fatigue mitigation language currently in force for any pilot group working in professional aviation today – and our unprecedented safety record attests to its efficacy.
At a time when our nation begins to re-open and to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, the thought of passing legislation that further weakens the workforce’s economic security is a bad move, particularly for those of us in the travel industry.
Right to Work legislation is wrong for our members and all hard-working Americans. We strongly encourage the legislature to vote no on Senate Bill 61.
Capt. Pedro Leroux | NJASAP President