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Pilot Strike Q&A
12/8/2014 6:15:32 PM by Admin 577

The Allegiant Pilots represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, have been in negotiations with Management for over two years. The Teamsters recently notified their Members that they will be conducting a strike authorization vote before the end of the year. As the Teamster notification states, “a vote authorizing a strike does not mean we will strike; it’s merely a green light for the union if/when the time comes to request a release [from the NMB] for self-help.”

 

None of us ever wants to have to strike. And, the Pilots themselves have indicated that a strike is a last resort. We, however, understand the frustration of the Pilots. We have engaged in mediation for over two years in an effort to reach a tentative agreement; we have done everything we can to negotiate a fair contract, while Management has refused to bargain in good faith on the issues that matter most to our Members.

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Happy Thanksgiving 577
11/27/2014 10:31:18 AM by Admin 577

Thanksgiving has evolved into a time our nation gives thanks. As Allegiant Flight Attendants, we’ve had our fair share of challenges over the last year and sometimes it’s been difficult to see anything positive.

 

We’ve seen numerous violations of our work-rules and a near constant requirement for us to monitor our pay and seniority. Now, the threat of a Pilot strike looms in the future as our Inflight department sends would-be scabs through recurrent training.

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Way It Was Wednesday
11/27/2014 9:59:43 AM by Admin 577
"Remember when Crew Services only had four people and 'bankers' hours?
 
If you had to call in to crew services for any issues during their off hours, you had to leave a message and hope they would get it. Calls would sometimes get routed to dispatch, and they would call in the middle of the night to assign trips."
Tonia Williams (LAS)
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577 supports our Pilots
11/21/2014 8:20:27 PM by Admin 577
Many of you may have seen or heard about the Pilot Union's recent communication briefing their Membership about strike preparedness. Let us say first that our 577 Negotiating Team (NT) is in complete support of the IBT and the actions they have been forced to take.
 
Since they began their negotiations, we have been in contact with the IBT sharing information on each group’s progress, or lack of progress. Movement is painfully slow in negotiations and the negative impact of outsourcing, Merlot, and payroll discrepancies on our Flight Attendants and Pilots cannot be overstated. 
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Way It Was Wednesday
11/13/2014 12:06:24 PM by Admin 577
"Remember when Allegiant Flight Attendants were the only ones that would work Allegiant flights?
Now our work is being out-sourced to other companies. Not only do we lose out on per diem, block pay and commission, to no fault of our own we have to sit on reserve. To add insult, Falcon and Muse air not only got our scheduled flying, but had a contact with Allegiant to provide crew meals too." Tonia Williams - Las Vegas Flight Attendant and 577 Shop Steward
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This week, Management held a “Town Hall” where they answered selective questions from employees that had been emailed in. While this differs greatly from our Town Halls where Members can ask questions directly, there were some important revelations.
 
Most notably, after almost a year of our Flight Attendant and Pilot lives and paychecks being negatively impacted by Merlot, Management did acknowledge that it was not effective for the Allegiant work group and they still had a long way to go before it would be there. Meanwhile, Allegiant workers carry the liability of the Company’s decision.
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Way It Was Wednesday
10/29/2014 5:35:32 PM by Admin 577

Remember when we were actually paid for all the work we do on the aircraft?

We used to make 8% to 11.1% commission on all our onboard sales. We now make 2%.

 

Our commission was a big part of our paychecks. We were able to bring home a significant amount of money from our sales. When the company decided to reconfigure our aircrafts from 150 seats to 166 seats, which required an extra flight attendant, the company said they were paying too much money to the Flight Attendants and cut our commission. Now we have to ensure the safety of more passengers for less money, while we read quarter after quarter about how profitable our company is.

Tonia Williams, LAS Flight Attendant

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