Allegiant Air Reaches Tentative Contract with Flight Attendants - Newstbt.com
On Friday, Allegiant Air (NASDAQ: ALGT), a low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas, declared that it had reached a provisional agreement on a five-year contract extension with its 1,900 flight attendants.
In August 2017, after six years of failed negotiations, Allegiant’s flight attendants went on strike. The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), AFL-CIO Local 577, is expected to vote later this month on a tentative agreement that would provide significant wage and deadhead pay increases, as well as improved retirement benefits, sick accrual, bonus flight hour calculations, vacation pay, annual vacation allocation, and flex time. Deadhead pay is the compensation employees receive for the time spent traveling to and from the flights they are scheduled to work. (Image: Las Vegas Review-Journal)
After more than 10 months of negotiations, Allegiant and the TWU have finally agreed on terms which will bring “meaningful quality of life improvements” for the airline’s flight attendants. This includes a minimum day pay, the option to earn commission from the sale of buy on board items, adjusted hours of service, and improved leave of absence policies. In a statement, Allegiant President Greg Anderson praised the “hard work and dedication” of the negotiating teams, noting that this “historic deal” shows their commitment to properly recognizing the flight attendants for their invaluable contributions. He concluded by saying that they look forward to the next step of the process.
In August 2017, after attempting to negotiate a labor contract with Allegiant for six years, the Transport Workers Union organized a picket line in protest. However, three months later, the two parties were able to reach an agreement. Allegiant first launched in 1998, and the TWU began organizing its flight attendants in 2010 and initiating contract talks in 2011.
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