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WASHINGTON – After nearly three years of Allegiant Air refusing to agree to an industry-standard contract with its pilots, today the Allegiant Air pilots renewed their request to the National Mediation Board (NMB) to be released from mediated negotiations with the airline.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division Director David Bourne personally delivered the request to the NMB. He also advised the NMB that Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has pledged his and the International Union’s full support of the pilots’ request.
In response, the NMB may offer the pilots, represented by the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224, and the airline the opportunity to have remaining contract issues decided by a neutral third-party arbitrator. If either the union or the airline refuse to arbitrate the dispute, a 30-day "cooling off" period would be triggered and the pilots could then be free to strike any time after the period ends.