Allegiant pilots vote to authorize strike

Allegiant pilots vote to authorize strike

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Business By santan sun news staffAllegiant 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.”Allegiant and Gateway Airport officials called the vote symbolic and said the pilots are forbidden from going on strike over the issue of scheduling.But pilots pointed out in a news release that “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 ....


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