Allegiant pilots’ strike vote could hamper Gateway Airport flyers

Allegiant pilots’ strike vote could hamper Gateway Airport flyers

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Allegiant Air pilots last week voted to strike “if necessary, ” posing the possibility of future hassles for flyers who use Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, where the company is the dominant airline.Reporting 93.5 percent of its members voted to authorize a strike, Teamsters Local 1224 of the Airline Pilots Association said the action “comes in response to Allegiant’s years-long refusal to live up to its commitments and fix a sham scheduling system that has negatively impacted the lives of many pilots and their families.” Voting took place over a one-week period from June 29 to July 6 and was conducted online via a third-party election management provider, the union reported.Pilots pointed out in a news release that a strike “strike could result in cancellations out of major hubs including Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Fort Lauderdale and impact thousands of passengers.”Calling it “one of the nation’s most profitable airlines, ” the pilots in a news release said Allegiant takes a “bare minimum approach to business.”They said Allegiant “made the unilateral decision to force its pilots to use a homemade scheduling system that goes against industry standards and disregards pilots’ seniority and preferences – often upending pilots’ planned time away with their families.”They ....


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