Allegiant Airlines pilots union says members are willing to look for work elsewhere.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore June 7, 2016 20:44

Allegiant Airlines pilots union says members are willing to look for work elsewhere.

Allegiant pilots voted to unionize with the Teamsters in 2012, and since then, trouble has been brewing but the airline has rightly offered no new contract.

Now, given that the union has had no joy from the airline in getting its members more money they have decided to resort to scare tactics and commission a survey: A recent survey of Allegiant pilots stated 64 percent of pilots surveyed within the airline are reportedly looking for work in other airlines, and 80 percent of the pilots surveyed said they are likely to leave the airline if a fair contract agreement is not reached soon.

The union is playing on the pilot shortage in the USA to angle for more pay and it might be working because shortly after Allegiant Air released the following statement to FOX23 News: “The results of the IBT survey reinforce our belief that getting a contract is vital to our business. We agree that morale is low among the pilot work group, which we’re confident will improve once this contract is done. We agree that pilot pay is inadequate, which is why we have made an offer in negotiations to significantly increase pay. Most importantly, we agree that we have a shared responsibility to run our operations with the highest safety standards. We are working directly with the IBT safety and maintenance committees to ensure all voices and perspectives are heard in the interest of safety.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore June 7, 2016 20:44