Allegiant seeks court order stop pilot strike threat

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) has announced it is seeking a court order affirming that a pilot strike threat recently announced by International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 1224 is unlawful, the company said.

The company has filed a complaint in United States District Court, District of Nevada, requesting a Declaratory Judgment affirming that pilots represented by the Teamsters may not strike as a remedy for a dispute over the timeline of negotiating an agreement on and implementing a new preferential bidding system.

Under both the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between IBT and Allegiant, the IBT does not have a legal right to strike under these circumstances. Rather, this matter is considered a minor dispute, requiring resolution through the grievance and arbitration procedures of the CBA and the RLA.

The current collective bargaining agreement between IBT and Allegiant calls for an agreement on the software requirements for a preferential bidding system, which schedules pilots for flying by taking into consideration their personal preferences for such elements as days of week and times of day they like to fly — and ranks those preferences by seniority. The IBT´s selected PBS vendor, Crewing Solutions, has been working towards making changes to its program required for implementation at Allegiant.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company has more than 85 aircraft and 350 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket.