Allegiant Pilots Picket In Front of HQ
Embroiled in a contract dispute that has lasted nearly three years, Allegiant Air pilots on Tuesday picketed in front of company headquarters in Las Vegas, pleading to end the long-delayed negotiations.
Almost 100 pilots, most of whom dressed in full uniform, stood outside in the searing Vegas heat as a letter was delivered to Allegiant CEO Maury Gallagher and COO Steve Harfst, asking to meet at the negotiating table.
“The company’s negotiating posture and tactics have taken a toll on pilots,” according to the letter. “By your own admission, in the three-year period covering 2011-2014, there has been a 600 percent increase in pilots’ voluntary resignations. Surely, you can see that morale is low.
“The Allegiant pilots care deeply about the success of the company, and we want to work with you to create a strong airline that keeps costs low for passengers while keeping quality high. What we are asking for at the bargaining table are straightforward, industry standard policies that will ensure that pilots are compensated fairly, are able to keep up with changing safety regulations and improvements, and that we are able to retain experienced pilots.”
Three years have passed since pilots voted for representation by the union and two-and-a-half since contract talks first began.
Yet Allegiant remains one of the most consistently profitable airlines in the country despite being a budget carrier, turning a profit in 49 consecutive quarters.
Allegiant had record first-quarter earnings, reporting an 89.8 percent increase of $64.9 million on revenue of $329.2 million compared with first-quarter 2014 earnings of $34.2 million on revenue of $302.5 million.
Allegiant has not commented on the letter nor on the contract negotiations.
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