TWU Local 577 News

Say "No" to the Union-busters by Voting "YES" for TWU
2/4/2016 6:05:15 PM by TWU Local 577

When G4 Unity began collecting authorization cards, they told Allegiant Air Flight Attendants that they had no intention to decertify our Union. They said they just wanted to put pressure on the Union. We don’t know whether that was truly their original intent or not, but shortly after that campaign started, it appears their union busting firm (RWP) advised them to change their name to “Allegiant 4 Me." Then they introduced more aggressive, Union-busting tactics with a far more destructive “end-game.”

There were reports of Flight Attendants feeling pressured when some anti-Union ATS asked them to sign a card during their evaluations. Trainees were required to attend hour-long mandatory meetings where they were sequestered and subjected to anti-union rhetoric from Management. Some mentors even received Trainees’ contact information to invite them to pizza parties where they were asked to sign cards to de-certify your Union.
Message from Allegiant Air Pilots
1/31/2016 7:01:00 PM by TWU Local 577

An experienced aviator learns to depend on and work with their crew. The pilots of Allegiant Air have a great respect for the professionalism, abilities, and experience of the Allegiant Air flight attendants. It is with regularity that an event is reported in which a flight attendant(s) played a vital role in a safe outcome of a potentially dangerous event. Evacuations, passenger assessments, serious mechanical issues detected in the cabin and many more scenarios play out with regularity which require the capabilities of a professional, experienced and career‐minded flight attendant. You play a vital role in the success of every passenger airline and it is with great respect and concern that we pass along the following message.
You have been told that being a flight attendant is not a career. You have been told to get an education if you want more. These statements are obviously intended to get you to submit to accepting less, to get you to give up the fight, and to make you feel that your career choice is meaningless and unimportant. Most likely, the people telling you this do not respect you, do not respect your choice of career, and want to drive down what they see as a cost and nothing more. These very same people would like to see you rid yourselves of your union representation, and to see you disarmed in the fight for better compensation and working conditions. Why trust these people to deal with you one on one? Their bad faith at the negotiating table in an attempt to defund your union should be more than enough to convince you that these people are not straight shooters.
"Our Company Has Been Sold!"
1/29/2016 12:00:00 AM by TWU Local 577
“Our Company has been sold!” Those are the scary and potentially devastating words I heard on the morning of September 27, 2010 at 6:50 A.M when I received a call from the AirTran Airways Vice President of Inflight informing me we were being acquired by Southwest Airlines. My name is Alison Head and, on that fateful day, I was the President of the Association of Flight Attendants Council 57 at AirTran Airways (AFA).
At 7:00 A.M., this information was being released to the media. My emotions consumed me at that moment, and I had a million questions. What was being acquired? Was it just our routes or equipment? What did this mean for the employees?
I just got off the TWU Local 577 Town Hall Call, and I am so glad that we are having an honest discussion about what is at risk if we lose our Union. I was going to write out a lengthy time table of what has happened since the TWU was voted in back in 2010, but I changed my mind. I want to keep it pleasant, short, and truthful. There is no need for video; no need for false statements; no need to criticize the company or the Allegiant4me movement.
I am not a “straw man” to have my name out there - I’m an Allegiant Air Flight Attendant that wants best for all of us. I was here when the Company promised they would listen to us if we voted down another union. As soon as we rejected that union, those promises were broken. We cannot afford go to down that road again, so here is what I think we need to do: